Until last year, Chinese statues had a stronghold in Indian markets, affecting the business interest of Indian sculptors, but this year there is a great demand for indigenous idols of Laxmi and Ganesha.
The soaring demand has generated tremendous enthusiasm among sculptors.
For Diwali, new Laxmi and Ganesha idols are purchased every year. This year, sculptors from Moradabad have made "eco-friendly" Laxmi and Ganesha idols.
They sculptors have used mud that is easily dissolved in water, and have also used natural colours which are not harmful.
As customers are veering away from China-made idols, The demand for 'Indian' idols has soared to the extent that artistes are unable to meet the number of orders.
Last year, artists had started selling Chinese idols due to a depression in the demand, but now customers are asking for India-made idols, while refusing to buy Chinese idols.
"Our colours are sparkling, they are made of water and they are not harmful, they don't damage our hands. So the sale is high and it's also cheap. People are buying Indian idols and are refusing to buy the Chinese one," said sculptor Prabha.