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This Ganesh Chaturthi, Richha Chadda Opts For An Eco-Friendly Ganesha. Will You Too?

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  •  August 25, 2017


The unconventional actress of Bollywood, Richa Chadda is known for taking the path less travelled.

Best known for her roles in movies like Masaan, Ramleela, and Gangs of Wasseypur, Richa has never shied away from speaking her mind.

This time, she came out to highlight the growing issue of land and water pollution caused by the lead and mercury containing and POP-made Ganesh idols during the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi.

Marking the birth of Hindu god, Ganesha, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated all across the country, especially, in Maharastra, where grand processions take place. Hundreds of families keep Ganesh idols in their homes and after a period of 10 days immerse them in the sea, river, or any nearby water body.

However, with the increased use of non-bio-degradable materials to make Ganesha idols which are then coated with paints containing lead and mercury, it is leading to water and land pollution.

Many people are now advocating the use of eco-friendly Ganesha idols, and Richa Chadda, too, joined the initiative and extended her support.

An initiative undertaken by Dattadri Kothur, Richa visited their unique centre in Mumbai where eco-friendly Ganesh idols were being made. These idols are made of clay and have plant seeds inside. Once immersed in water, the idol dissolves in the soil, and the seeds grow into a sapling and later, in a tree.

Richa saw the making and even tried her hand at it. She told the press, “I’m happy to be supporting this. This initiative is something I have heard of in the past, but this is the first time I have physically been part of something like this. I think it’s high time we stop polluting the environment in the name of festivities and be careful as soon it would be too late.”

The actress further added, “It saddens me to see such state of the beaches, roads during Ganesh festivities when burnt crackers, dirty beaches are the outcome of the Visarjan. So I think eco-friendly Ganesha is a perfect solution that helps not only save the environment but also add value to the environment by planting trees.”


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