Inflation to affect Ganesha festival, high fuel price makes celebrations costly affair

Last Updated: Sun, Aug 01, 2010 16:30 hrs

Every year the Ganesha festival is commemorated with deep fervour in Maharashtra. However, this year the surge in the petrol and diesel-price is likely to affect the ardent devotees.

The idol makers lament that the price of commodities, particularly the petrol and diesel, has made everything very costly over the years.

"With the rising prices of petrol and diesel in the last five years, the transport charges have increased. So this, in turn, has affected the price of POP (Plaster of Paris) and colouring, which are required to make an idol. The labour charges have also increased and all these factors have increased the prices of Lord Ganesha idols in the last five years.

If an idol of Lord Ganesha, which used to cost 200 Rupees five years ago, now it costs 500 rupees," said Prakash Ingle, a Ganesha idol maker. The Ganesh Chaturthi festival that falls on September 11 this year, is also quite popular in the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Karnataka, as well as in Gujarat and Maharashtra in the west.illions of ardent devotees worship the Lord Ganesha idols and immerse them into water bodies on the final day.

Central government on June 25 decided to raise petrol and diesel prices, as part of a plan to move towards a market-determined fuel price regime in accordance with the Kirit Parikh Committee recommendation.

The government raised the price of petrol by Rs. 3.73 and diesel by Rs. 2 per litre. (ANI)

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