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Jayati Godhawat

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This Ganesh Chaturthi, Opt For A Clay Ganesha That Will Grow Into A Plant

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  •  August 19, 2017


Every year, Ganesh Chaturthi that marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha is celebrated in most parts of the country.

Many people bring an idol of the Ganesh to their home and after 10 days, these idols are immersed (visarjan) in river, lake, or sea. However, the underlying worry behind the immersion of the Ganesh idols is the water and land pollution it causes.  For several years now, Ganesh idols made out of Plaster of Paris, cement, paper, etc., have become popular which do not get dissolved completely in water causing pollution and toxicity in the water bodies.

Also, the idols are often decorated with lead and mercury containing paints which lead to the destruction of the flora and fauna of the water body.

However, many efforts across the nation are being undertaken to resolve this issue. Mangalore-based National Environment Care Foundation (NECF) is encouraging green Ganesh festival this year by promoting the purchase of clay made Ganesh idols.

They have identified two clay idol makers, Vinayaka Car Street and Gavali Suresh N. Shetty, who are accepting the orders to make a Ganesh idol which is, in fact, a sapling.

One could order for a sapling of their choice and they would create the sapling idol using only natural color.

“One could select any plant such as tulsi, mango, jackfruit or any other fruit or flowering plant for clubbing with the idol during the preparation. Small saplings are available in nurseries or NECF could arrange for them from the Forest Department,” said Shashidhar Shetty, Secretary, NECF, in a press conference.

After worshipping you need to dig a pit, fill it with water, and immerse the idol. Not only are you carrying out your rituals but also contributing to greenery.

Mr. Shetty also explained that after the rituals, the green Ganesh idol could be immersed in the backyard of houses, gardens, parks or in any other suitable land. Later, a plant would grow there in memory of the festival.

Suggesting another method, Mr. Shetty said, “People could immerse idols in water buckets and then plant the sapling on it with the clay by digging a pit.”

“It would be the best way to prevent pollution of water bodies where the idols are usually immersed. The religious sentiments of the people would also not be hurt,” he further added.

So, if you are residing in Mangalore and celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, you may contact Vinayaka Car Street on 9448144877 or Gavali Suresh N. Shetty on 9448007108  for idols with saplings.

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