By heavy floods in Shivamogga locality at Gajanur reservoir to the Tunga water rate was 1.14 f lakh cutes was discharged. Due to that more 500, Ganesh idols were damaged.
Mr. Manjunath who was among the many traditional clay artisans, emotionally said, “Our house had 6-ft water for almost two days. The idols we had kept in the house got damaged and cannot be sold. It is not about money, but these are works of art. It gives us the joy to see the idols made by us being worshipped in pandals. A work of art though damaged deserves proper disposal. Apart from the rent for the vehicles, I have paid extra money for proper immersion of these idols.”
While more 140 idols also damaged by the floods, the Ganesh mandals in Bengaluru, Chikkamagaluru, and Davangere had placed orders with him for the idols.