Ganpati Bappa Morya! Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great pomp every year. This year it will be celebrated on September 13, 2018. Preparations and sale of Ganesha idols have already begun. But should you really be using the Ganesh Idols made of Plaster of Paris?
In the earlier times, natural materials such as cow dung, clay, vegetable dyes, etc. were used for making the idols. And these idols made with natural materials got dissolved in water easily without contributing to the pollution. Eventually, people started using Plaster of Paris idols as they are cheaper, less fragile and easy to transport. But the adverse effects of this material on water bodies was ignored. Though, the word about eco-friendly Ganesha is spreading, POP is still the predominant material used for making idols.
Use these eco-friendly ideas for Ganesh idols and do your bit for green Ganesh Chaturthi this year!
Ideals made with eco-friendly clay are easily available in most cities. Though these idols may not be as colorful as the POP ones, they are definitely the best way to keep the nature around us alive. To take this idea to the next level, use artificial water body (bucket or a tub) to immerse the idol and use this mixture to water the plants.
Rintu Rathod, a designer from Mumbai gained popularity in 2015 for baking chocolate Ganesha. Instead of using water, she uses milk for visarjana. This chocolate milk is distributed to underprivileged kids. Can there be a better way to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi? Take inspiration from her and make your own chocolate ganesha.
Fish-Friendly Ganesh idols
Sprouts Foundation in Mumbai makes Ganesh idols from vegetarian ingredients that are safe for consumption of fishes. Natural clay and colors are used for making these idols.
The idols are made from clay and seeds are placed inside the idol. The visarjan of these idols is done in pot and a new sapling starts growing within few days.
Alum commonly known as ‘Fitkari’ helps in purifying water. What better way to tackle water pollution and celebrate the festival at the same time? This concept was started by an NGO in Vadodara.
So this year, make a responsible choice and use an eco-friendly Ganesha!