Ganesh idol made of 10,000 pani puris

Neha Basudkar
Thursday, 20 September 2018

Creativity knows no bounds and one such example is of a Ganesh idol made of pani puri at Erandwane during this Ganesh festival.

Pune: Creativity knows no bounds and one such example is of a Ganesh idol made of pani puri at Erandwane during this Ganesh festival. 

A chaat shop initiated the concept of creative and eco-friendly Ganpati idol made out of puris which are used to make pani puri and bamboo. Ramesh Gudmewar, the owner of Ganesh Bhel shop, said, “Since we run the business of chat, I thought of making a Ganesh idol from puris. In 2011, first such idol was created by using puri and bamboo which was of six feet and in 2012 another idol was created by using bhel items including shev, bundi, papdi, puri and paper bowls. But those were not as big as this year’s Ganesh idol,” he said. 

“This year, the size of the idol is 11X7 feet which is all made from 10,000 puris, bamboo and corrugated boxes and those are all eco-friendly. Also, the concept behind the idol is that Ganpati is distributing the ‘bhel’ to people and his mouse is helping him in the process,” Gudmewar added.

Artist Prashant Salunkhe who works in a software agency and a designer, has designed the idol. He said, “I am making creative Ganesh idols from the last 16 to 17 years and they all are made in an eco-friendly manner. The owner of Ganesh Bhel came up with the creative idea and I had to research and experiment on the idea. In 2011, when me with my two subordinates made the Ganpati idol from puris, we had done several attempts to keep the puris intact and fresh. Hence, after experimenting several times from keeping the puris safe from turning bad and dull, we have used a hardener on the puris. Also, to keep the puris fresh, halogen lights of 2,000 watts is used.”

“This year, the idol is tallest from the previous ones which were made in 2011 and 2012. Also, it took me only 15 days to create the idol. It was made at the shop itself and was completed in 15 days and in approximately 100 hours. Somedays, I had even worked on the idol in the night too,” he said. “Also, the puris are now non-edible as they are coated with hardener,” Salunkhe added.  

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