This Ganesha Chaturthi, we have seen Ganesha idols of all kinds – thread reels, bottles, sprouts, corn husk, etc. Monika Rathi, who has been making creative Ganesha idols for the last six years, has used spoons, spices, mehendi designs to decorate and even chalia supari (supari chips) this year and they are on display at a Ganesh pandal in Isamiya Bazaar
The artist has used ingredients like cardamom, bay leaf, cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon, star anise, mace etc to make the idol. “I stuck them all over his body and also used them for decoration. I used bay leaf on his hands and feet; peppercorns on stomach, arms and legs; cardamom on his face and trunk; cinnamon for decoration and crown; star anise on forehead,” she says. She spent around Rs 7000 to make this one.
Monika pasted around 1,600 disposable plastic spoon on the PoP idol. “It took me three days to cover the entire idol with spoons. The entire decoration costed me around Rs 2,500,” she says.
“I have decorated the PoP idol with mehendi designs of various styles like Gujarati, Kashmiri and I have replicated some mehendi designs made by designers over it. Peacock and rose design can also be seen on the idol. Around half kg mehendi was has been used to cover the entire idol.” she says
Made of Betel Nut
The idol, though designed with supari, looks like it is made in brown colour. “It took me three days to make it.” I used supari worth Rs 2000 for this.