It has been forty years since the family of Mingleshwar Sequeira started crafting the idols of goddesses during and before Navratri. Mingleshwar is the third generation of artisans and believes art has no religion.
“My grandfather used to make Gauri idols and idols of goddesses Durga and Lakshmi for years. After him, the art was passed on to my father and later to us. I and my brother Benzoni were born and brought up in the Marathi hamlet of Giriz in Vasai and we are well-versed with the Hindu religion,” Mingleshwar told The Indian Express. The workshop where these wooden idols are made is in Vasai.