As you must be busy with the Ganesha Chaturthi celebration, we would like to share one more reason to celebrate.
After years of struggle and awareness, people have finally started moving away from Ganesha idols made of Plaster of Paris, to the Eco-friendly materials.
The sellers have seen a dramatic jump in the demand for eco-friendly Ganesha idols. That prompted them to introduce some innovative eco-friendly Ganesha idols.
Here are some of the most creative and innovative eco-friendly Ganpatis doing the rounds:
1: Seedling Ganesha: The Ganesha That Turns Into Plants
The Ganpati idols that are made from red soil and fertilizers, and contain plant seeds. At the end of the festival, the idols undergo a symbolic immersion. The idol is placed in a pot and watered until it dissolves.
The seeds of ladyfinger, tulsi or coriander are sown in the pot, and the idol grows back as a plant.
2. Sugarcane Ganesha – The Sweetest Ganesha
Mohan Raj, member of Sathya Sai trust in Bengaluru told ANI, that they chose to make the idol using sugarcane which will be distributed to the people after 21 days of prayer.
Now, isn’t that wonderful?
3. Banana Ganesha
A village in Goa created this Ganesha from raw bananas and bamboo. In 10 days the bananas will ripen and will be distributed among poor people & the devotees.
Isn’t it creative?
4. Alum Ganesha – The Ganesha That Purifies
This is the idol that all environmentalists will love.
Because of industrial waste, many of our water bodies polluted. If you remember, our science class taught us about a purifier, called, Fitkari or Alum. And using that knowledge, some people designed these beautiful idols made of fitkari or alum.
They are not only soluble in water but also act as a purifier.
5. Fish Friendly Ganesha – The Ganesha That Feeds Fish
Now, here’s a Ganpati statue even the fish will love!
These Ganpati idols are made ofclay and filled with fish-friendly food including dried corn, spinach, and chickpea powder. They are made of river clay and are hollow from inside. Hence, it is easier to fill food inside them. Because of their small size and river clay, they dissolve much faster in the water too.
6. Chocolate Ganesha – The Yummiest Ganesha
We bet this might be your kid’s most favorite!
Chocolate and celebrations can’t stay very far. They are best friends, that always make room for each other. So, many Ganesha devotees are also making Ganpati idols with chocolate this year. And, the plan is to immerse the idols in milk. Later, that milk will be served to family, guests and also, to the underprivileged children.
Other than these 6 innovative Ganesha – there are Masala Ganesha, Clay Ganesha, and many more that made it to the homes of devotees.
The 10-day festival is a very important occasion for millions of devotees. But, it is crucial to understand our responsibilities in keeping our environment and water bodies safe. Therefore, an eco-friendly idol is a must for not only saving the environment but also for making our celebrations clean, green and auspicious in the truest sense.
Do let us know which Ganesha idol you found most innovative this year in the comments.
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