New Delhi: Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most significant and widely celebrated festivals across India in the month of September. People bring home the idols of the elephant-headed god, made out of multiple materials. But, amid the growing awareness about environmental issues, the way of celebrating has changed significantly. Here is how people across the country paid tribute to Lord Ganesha by mixing tradition with sustainability.
In Surat, a woman artist from Gujarat’s Surat, Aditi Mittal, carved out an eco-friendly idol of Lord Ganesha using waste soaps. She had been making idols of Lord Ganesha with different eco-friendly options for the last six years. Speaking to news agency ANI, she said,
Over the last six years, I have been making eco-friendly Ganesha idols. This year, I thought of carving out Ganesha idols by imbibing Prime Minister Modi’s Swachta Abhiyan.
Ms Mittal used a total of 2,655 kg of soap to make the idol, which took seven days to complete.
A Bhubaneswar-based miniature artist, L. Eswar Rao, also crafted eco-friendly idols of Lord Ganesha along with goddesses Saraswati and Laxmi on solid clay. A native of Odisha’s Jatni village in Khurda district, Mr Rao has been creating miniature art and idols on penile nib, chalk, turmeric seed, inside bottles, and many more for the last 22 years.
Besides, he has also created a pandal using matchsticks and solid clay, where he installed idols of Lord Ganesha and goddesses Saraswati and Laxmi. It took him seven days to complete the idols and decorative pandal.
To spread the message of environmental conservation, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and ‘Big Green Ganesha’ launched ‘Eco-Friendly Ganesha’ idols in the city. Mayor Shelly Oberoi flagged off the ‘Eco-Friendly Ganesha’ Rath from the Civic Center. The ‘Eco-Friendly Ganesha’ idols will be available in all areas of the national capital. The mayor informed,
The idol of ‘Eco-Friendly Ganesha’ is made of coconut bark and clay. A seed has been placed in the middle of this idol. When this idol is immersed, the idol will be mixed with the soil. The seeds mixed in the soil will take the form of a plant in a few days.
MCD की ओर से बांटी जाएंगी 'Eco Friendly Ganesha' की मूर्तियां, आज नेता सदन @MukeshGoelAAP के साथ हरी झंडी दिखाकर वाहन को किया रवाना।— Dr. Shelly Oberoi (@OberoiShelly) September 18, 2023
गणेश भगवान की मूर्ति के बीच में बीज भी रखा गया है, इनके विसर्जन के बाद बीज कुछ दिनों में पौधे का रूप ले लेंगे।
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On the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, several celebrities also shared their pictures with the Ganesh idols and showered wishes on everyone. However, Rajkummar Rao and Patralekhaa, celebrated the occasion in an eco-friendly way. The couple opted for an eco-friendly Ganpati this year.
In an effort towards nature preservation, Ganesha idols made out of clay were distributed by the Friends Foundation in Tandur, Telangana.
Participated in Distributed clay Ganesha idols organized by "friends foundation" in Tandur for eco friendly Ganesh chaturthi celebrations as a little effort towards nature preservation and stopping water pollution.#ecofriendly #ganeshidols #GaneshChaturthi #distribution pic.twitter.com/zGUw8u6djz— PATLOLLA DEEPA NARSIMULU (@DeepaNarsimulu) September 14, 2023
On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, Maharashtra’s Dr. D. Y. Patil Public School organised an eco-friendly Ganpati-making activity. Children tried their hands in the natural clay and created beautiful idols of Lord Ganesh.
On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi our school organize Eco friendly Ganpati making activity. It was really a fun for the children's to put their hands in the natural clay and produce beautiful idols of Lord Ganesh. pic.twitter.com/Hqli2qzIlu— Dr. D. Y. Patil Public School (@DPUPublicschool) September 14, 2023
(With inputs from ANI and PTI)
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