Ganesh Chaturthi may not be celebrated with the usual fanfare this year, thanks to all the restrictions in place to keep the spread of Corona Virus in check. But, devotees will still bring Ganesha home, and continue with the celebrations. The demand for eco-friendly Ganesha idols is high in Lucknow, with more and more people keen to perform the visarjan at home. This is where you will get eco-friendly Ganeshas in the city:
Looking for 100% eco-friendly Ganeshas? Then this is whom you need to contact. Pankaj Gupta is a Lucknow-based artist and he has handmade these idols with Shadu clay. These statues will dissolved easily in a bucketful of water, within 2-3 hours. Available in sizes of 6 inches to 8 inches. Stock limited.
Price: ₹501 per piece
Contact: +91 96704 21045
Monica has been dealing in eco-friendly Ganeshas and diyas made with kachhi mitt for many years now and has a loyal clientele. This year, she has Ganesha idols varying in size from 12 inches to 3 feet high. These idols dissolve easily in water at home.
Prices: Starting at ₹1500
Contact: +91 97954 37582
Pick-up location: Gokhale Marg
RITESH RAJ CLAY MURTI SHOP
Ritesh Raj’s shop, just outside the gate of the shoe lane, leading to Pratap Market, is more than a hundred years old. Ritesh is the fourth generation of his family that has been making clay idols of the deity. They have eco-friendly clay idols, in sizes starting at 6 inches and going up to 1.5 ft in height. You can choose from simple designs to more colourful ones, all are ideal for visarjan at home.
Price range: ₹ 150 to ₹ 1200/piece
Timings: 11 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. on all days except Saturday & Sunday
Location: 8, Gangaprasad Marg, Pratap Market, Lucknow
GEETA PUJAN BHANDAR
One of the most well-known shops in Lucknow for idols of Hindu gods & goddesses in different materials and sizes, Geeta Puja Bhandar has got their eco-friendly Ganeshas from Kolkata. For those who like their Ganesha well-dressed, this is the place to go to. Expect lots of designs and options. Ganesha idols are available in sizes starting at 10 inches and going up to 24 inches.
Price: ₹ 800 to ₹ 8000/piece
Timings: 10 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. Open all days except Saturdays and Sundays
Location: 92/77 First Floor, La Touche Road, Lucknow
Contact: 94150 16298
TEMPORARY MARKET AT NIRALA NAGAR
Around festivals, temporary markets come up in various places in the city. The one at Nirala Nagar also has eco-friendly Ganesha options brought in from Kolkata. In earthen hues, and sans chemical colours, these idols are available in sizes starting at 12 inches and going up to 4ft high. They got a custom-made idol for ₹ 16,000 recently!
Price: ₹ 250 to ₹ 4,000
Timings: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Open all days except Saturdays and Sundays
Location: Nirala Nagar Crossing, near Ram Krishna Matt, Lucknow