Yusuf Galwani a Ganesh idol maker embeds seed within its eco-friendly Ganpati idol

Yusuf, the artist while making a one foot Ganpati has been embedding seeds in it so as it can turn into saplings and it can remain as a token of blessings from Lord Ganesh. 

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Mumbai: An artist and resident of Dharavi, Yusuf Zakaria Galwani has planned to take online orders for his one foot eco-friendly Ganesh idols this year. Yusuf desires that in pandemic crisis the blessings of Lord Ganesh should remain forever embedded as a plant with all his worshippers. 

This year, Yusuf after learning that the state government has appealed people to lower down the size of celebration during Ganeshotsav festival. In fact the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray requested people to not to immerse Ganesh idols in public places like ponds, lakes, rivers and sea amid lockdown due to pandemic coronavirus. 

He is into making of Ganesh idols from last 10-years however it has always remained on friendly request basis. 

Thus, the artist Yusuf a month ago decided to take up online orders for his eco-friendly Ganesh idols. The artist in its clay idols has embedded seeds that can grow into saplings after dissolving in water. 

“I am taking up small making of Ganesh idols from last 10-years. However it has always been designed for the near and dear ones. This year when I learnt about no immersion in public places, the idea struck me to put seeds with terracotta clay so as after immersion it can grow into saplings. Ganesh idols are taken for worshipping not only by devotees but also by ‘asshiq’ (god-lovers).Thus , idea of seed germinated as it will give happiness to all who love and pray lord Ganesh, ‘ said Yusuf. 

“Lord Ganesh is for all, although I will depend upon my earnings through online order. But among all sculpture I enjoy making of Ganesh idol it is a meditation for me,” Yusuf.

By now he has already made about 200-250 Ganesh idols and is expecting about 500-600 online orders of one foot Ganesh idols. 

Originally from Anjar district in Kutch, Gujarat is settled in Kumbharwada of Dharavi from three-generations. They family is into traditional business of pottery. .Yusuf’s father Zakaria was into sculpture and was teaching into JJ School of Arts. 

He teaches pottery to the children and people nationally and internationally both. Presently he is associated with German International School and also teaches pottery to specially gifted children.

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