Friday 25th of August will mark the beginning of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations nationwide. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to acknowledge the rebirth of Lord Ganesha. The 11-day festivities eventuate with the instating of beautifully chiselled Ganesh idols in homes and mandaps, blissfully decorated, depicting religious sentiments. The Ganesh idols are worshipped with family and friends. Many events and pujas are organised during these 11 days. People keenly participate in these festivities and finally bid adieu to Bappa on the 11th day of the celebration. The festival is so societal that the preparations begin days before the actual day.
Traditionally people used to bring polyester Ganesh idols to their home, but eventually they have come to realise that these polyester idols though look good but pose serious hazard to environment. So people have now gradually started shifting to eco friendly Ganesh. Eco friendly Ganesha idols are basically made up of eco-friendly substance like clay, cow dung coloured papers etc. These eco-friendly Ganesha murti which are made of eco-friendly substance when immersed in water does no harm to the aquatic life and the environment at large. Try bringing eco friendly Ganesh to your house this year.
Here are few interesting and DIY ideas and eco-friendly Ganesh to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi 2017 in an Eco-friendly way:
Fish Friendly Ganesha Idols
Gobar Ganesh Idols
Sugarcane Ganesha Idols
Coconut husk Ganesha Idols
Water cleaning Ganesha Idols
1. Fish & Eco Friendly Ganesha Idol:
Fish friendly Ganesh idols are stuffed with fish friendly stuffs like corn, wheat, spinach and other ingredients. This idea of fish friendly Ganesha idols is the brain child of ecologist Anand Pendharkar. The idols are beautifully decorated with organic colours and materials like turmeric, saffron, sandalwood powder and similar products. The Mumbai based NGO Sprouts Environmental Trust believes in making idols that do not harm the sub marine life instead they can feed on them.
2. Gobar Ganesha Idols which are Eco Friendly:
Gobar Ganesha is usally the phrase used to denote a soft headed, dolt person, but suddenly these days the this term has caught the trend in a very positive manner. For the past few years many makers of Ganpati idol have switched to making eco friendly Ganesh. And what better way it could be to use cow dung instead of clay. These idols dissolve as soon as they are immersed in water. If kept in the lawn or garden also they act as manure for plants.
3. Sugercane Eco Friendly Ganesha Idols:
Another very unique idea that is budding up in the section of eco friendly Ganesh idols is the making of idols using sugarcane. The sugarcane sticks used to make eco friendly Ganesh are then distributed as ‘Prasad’ to the people. While going green is the new trend amongst the Ganpati followers, the idea of Sugarcane Ganesha is the thought of a family living in Mulund.
4. Coconut Husk Eco Friendly Ganesha Idol:
A number of ways have been coming up to make eco friendly Ganesh these days. As more and more people are getting educated and literate, they have started understanding the importance of environment. In this process three women from Mumbai have developed Ganesha idol made of coconut husk and mud. The basic structure is made from mud and then the coconut husk is used to bind the idol and give it the perfect structure and look.
5. Water Cleaning Eco Friendly Ganesha Idols:
Alumn is often used to clean waste water, the Pune based artist has started making eco-friendly Ganesha idols with the use of alumn. Alumn quickly dissolves in water and also purifies it. Food and organic colours are used to give these alumn eco-friendly Ganesh a modern look.
There are several other ways like the chocolate ganesha idols, plant ganesha which are some other interesting ways of celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi in an eco-friendly way.
If you have some other interesting ideas of eco-friendly Ganesha idols, do pen it down in the comment section below.