Bengaluru: Dip in demand keeps idol prices static | Bengaluru News – Times of India
Although the government has permitted celebrations in public places with 4-ft tall Ganesha idols, not many Bengalureans are coming forward to purchase the bigger ones. While a 1-ft tall clay Ganesha idol costs Rs 180, coloured versions are priced between Rs 250 and Rs 280. Two-ft idols, both clay and coloured ones, cost Rs 350-380, and 4-ft ones about Rs 4,000.
“The government granted permission at the last minute. Most people who keep idols in public spaces usually arrange for funds much before the festival. I’m not not even hoping they will turn up,” said Suresh N, who has been in the business of selling idols for many years.
People are looking at buying only smaller idols this year, which can be easily immersed in a bucket at home. “No one could have predicted such a situation. We have made Ganesha idols which are 8ft in height. What are we supposed to do with them,” he asked.
Buyers sporting masks were seen in small numbers at places selling idols on Thursday. Uma Ravishankar who stepped out to purchase idols from Malleswaram said, “We have been celebrating this festival for several years. Usually, it involves a lot of socialising, with friends and relatives visiting, but this time the celebrations are going to be very simple. It is just to keep the tradition alive.”
Sales of clay and eco-friendly idols, however, have gone up. TR Nagraj, a seller for over five years, said, “The wholesaler we buy from has stopped manufacturing PoP idols. Our stall has idols which were made two or three years ago. Most buyers are asking for clay ones in the smallest size – about 4 inches.” S Srinivas, who has been selling idols for 30 years, said the number of stalls has reduced.