This Ganesh Chaturthi many creative people and NGOs have come forward for in making of environment-friendly Ganesh idols. These environment-friendly idols are not just beautiful but great for the environment. The main reason for coming up with creative ideas is to prevent pollution during the ‘visarjan’.
These Eco-friendly idols serve beyond the purpose of just idol worshipping. In various states of India, artists are coming up with creative ways to deliver idols to the public.
Seed-Embedded Red Sand Ganpati
In Tamil Nadu‘s Kovai Kulangal Padhukaapu, an NGO working towards cleaning water bodies came up with this unique idea of making idols with a seed embedded Red sand Ganpati in Coimbatore.
“These idols are made of Red sand with Lentil seeds embedded in them”, says Kannan, a social worker. Moreover, colors used do not contaminate and rather dissolve in water in an hour. Seeds could be used as food for fishes or grown into plants.
Tamil Nadu: Kovai Kulangal Padhukaapu, an NGO that cleans water bodies in Coimbatore have made eco-friendly Ganesha idols with lentil seeds embedded in them for #GaneshaChaturthi. Kannan, a social worker says, "These idols are made of red sand with lentil seeds embedded in them." pic.twitter.com/X7HNq4mNI3
— ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2020
COW DUNG MADE BAPPA
In Gujurat, Kamdhenu Gau Amrita, a Vadodara based organization came up with the idea of making idols from cow dung, considered sacred among Hindu’s. “The idol could be immersed in a tub of water and later this is could be used as fertilizes”, says Mukesh Gupta, Director.
Gujarat: Kamdhenu Gau Amrita, a Vadodara based organisation has made eco-friendly Ganesha idols, ahead of #GaneshaChaturthi. Mukesh Gupta, Director says, "Idols have been made of cow-dung. These idols can be dissolved in tub filled with water and it can be used as fertiliser." pic.twitter.com/4cPXKnnxdh
— ANI (@ANI) August 20, 2020
Last year chocolate Ganesh has been hit among the public. You could do the visarjan of these idols in milk and serve later on this milkshake as prasad. This could be shared among less privileged.
In Puttengally Ganesh temple in Bengaluru last year, a 30 feet idol made of 9,000 coconuts was installed. The friendly idol was put up by 70 devotees. Apart from coconut, vegetables were used for decoration.
Amid the ongoing COVID pandemic, Indore’s Lok Sanskriti Manch came up with unique ideas of creating Ganesh idols with natural materials. Interesting types are Corona Ganesh, Masked Ganesh, Tricolour Ganesh.
During Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister said “Ganesh Utsav should be celebrated in an eco-friendly manner”.