|Durva Creations, Sion East|
|Baby Krishna-Lord Ganesh. Mwah!|
As I went in to check them out, I was met by Mrs. Jagger with a smiling face. She wanted to know what kind of idol I preferred. I explained to her that I am a blogger and would like to know about the kind of Ganesh Murtis they had to offer.
|On a Swan|
After taking a round of the pandal, I promised to go back the next day armed with my camera and notebook.
I went back on Sunday afternoon to meet Mrs. Jagger. She let me take pictures to my heart’s content while the assistant helpfully removed tags and dust-covers to give me access to some of the most beautiful idols that I have seen on my many such ventures.
|One more Maharaja|
Click Here to read about how the Idols are made in the villages of Maharashtra and brought to Mumbai.
Both Navin and Diya Jagger have been celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi with a specially purchased idol every year over the past 25 years. In fact, 2014 is their silver jubilee year.
|In the lines of Lord Krishna|
|Look at the velvety texture of the dhoti. Isn't it amazing!|
This eye for detailing and colours gave forth to an urge to do something different this year and Durva Creations was born. Mr. & Mrs. Jagger hold 9-5 routine jobs that are quite ordinary. They so wanted to bring some art and colour into their lives. That’s how they hit upon the idea of going into business of getting together some exclusive Ganesha Idols for this year’s Chaturthi.
|This gorgeous Ganesha is sold with stone embellishments complete|
|Royal Lord Ganesh|
While idol-makers were taken from one village, painters of the idols were chosen from elsewhere, ensuring that the idols at Durva Creations are exclusive enough.
|Doesn't He look cute! Hugs!|
|This flaming red Ganesh Idol caught my eye for sure|
|Ganpati Bappa Morya!|
|The King is waiting to find a home|
|Look at that decorative trunk. Awesome!|
They have a provision for embellishing the idols with coloured stones. Believe me, the result is extremely beautiful. It must take a lot of time and patience to do this artwork and this responsibility has been given to artist Siddhant Pitale who is adept at multi-tasking, it seems. Mr. Pitale is still studying while holding a day job. He still finds time to spare for this creative work from 8 pm to 1 am when he’s available at Jagger Niwas. Anyone who’s buying Ganesh Idols from here can meet the artist personally after 8 pm and discuss exactly what they want done on their idol. The cost for embellishing your Ganesha will be separate depending on the number of stones used and the level of ornamentation required. The artist takes 1-2 days to complete work on each idol. The sooner you place the order, the faster you are ensured of a well-decorated Ganesha for the festival.
|Completely ready with stone work in red, blue, green and white|
• I have never seen such beautiful clay idols of Lord Ganesh ever before on the many visits I have made to sale outlets as well as Ganesh pandals during the festival.
• The faces of Ganpatis look absolutely divine, making one want to pray when in front of them.
• The eyes of the idols are very expressive.
• The velvety texture to the dhotis worn by the idols, painted in shades of colours, looks very attractive.
• The variety is amazing.
|All of 4 feet, squatting on a conch shell. Don't miss the li'l dolphin|
214, Jagger Niwas,
Opp. Sion Hospital,
Mumbai – 400022
+91 98202 49404
I sincerely pray to the Elephant-headed Lord that Durva Creations does great business this Ganesh Chaturthi. All the best to Mr. & Mrs. Jagger on their divine and colourful venture!
|The Lord awaiting the Bhakta|