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Ganesha idol makers hampered by lockdown

The celebration of Vinayaka Chathurthi this year will be bereft of the usual pomp, gaiety and splendour.

Artisans making life-size idols of Ganesha are facing several hurdles thanks to the ongoing lockdown and government’s orders to avoid gathering and celebrations in public places.

Temples in Puducherry would remain open but no celebrations outside the shrines would be permitted.

R. Ravichandran, an artisan who has been making eco-friendly idols for the last two decades, said this year there was a total setback in his work. All the orders received ahead of the festival were shelved because of the strict enforcement ...

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