Kolhapur has become very famous and touched the sky for its art in Ganesh idols. Past years, people from Karad, Satara, Miraj and Pune came and opted for idols made by Kolhapur Artisans but now People from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka also are demanding the same.
Various styles and designs of Kolhapurs Ganpati idols have become very famous all around India. There are many artisans and work places in Bapat Camp and Kumbhar Vasahat area where Ganesh idols in huge numbers are in progress. These idols are sold to Kolhapur devotees or sent to various places where demanded so. Some are sent without colouring them.
The idols being made here cost from a mere amount of Rs. 151 to 7-8 Thousand. These idols range from 1.5 feet to 11 feet. Currently, Artisans of Bapat Camp are in more demand which include Anil Nigvekar, Sambhaji Majgaonkar, Raju Baddodkar, Avdhoot Nigvekar, Arvind Bavdekar, Ganesh Majgaonkar, Raju Kumbhar and Lakshman Vadangekar.
Nisarga Mitra, a city-based forum of activists, received over 300 PoP idols on immersion day. The forum immersed the idols in artificial ponds containing water mixed with ammonium bicarbonate.
NGOs and Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) had appealed to citizens to immerse PoP idols in water containing ammonium bicarbonate. When PoP idols are immersed in this solution, it dissolves to form ammonium sulphate and calcium carbonate. Ammonium sulphate gets dissolved in water, while calcium carbonate settles as sludge.
Ammonium sulphate is a good plant fertilizer. Calcium carbonate is used as raw material to make chalk and cement additives for cement bricks and sheets.
After the immersion,the forum will remove the calcium carbonate left behind as sludge in the artificial ponds to make chalk.
This measure was taken by the Enthusiastic response from citizens for eco-friendly immersion of the Plaster of Paris (PoP) Ganesha idols has meant that the Kolhapur civic body gets tonnes of fertilizer and that its schools get boxes of chalk. The idea took shape after a trial run in Pune last year.