A new way to Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi!
Today, all over India particularly Maharashtra and Goa, Ganesh Chaturthi is being celebrated with full pomp and show and if you’ve ever visited Mumbai during this period, you’d know what I’m talking about!
Dhol Tasha players leading huge processions of people dancing on the streets, pandals with colorful idols of Ganesha the Hindu god are a common sight everywhere.
Later in the day idols are then immersed into water bodies after completing the puja rites and customs.
For many years, this has caused a great concern especially among nature lovers. Most of the idols were made of non dissolving plaster of Paris and the shiny bright coloured paint contains harmful lead chemicals- you can guess the extent of damage done when a whole lot of these are dumped in lakes, ocean and other water bodies every year.
While over the past few years I have read of small changes being done to solve this, this year there have been a lot of initiatives to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi- the green way.
I’ve read about initiatives like from groups like Green Yatra, Youth for Seva, Mudipez , To Make a Difference, that are promoting eco-friendly celebrations for the festival but one that impressed me the most was an initiative by Sprouts Environment Trust with their papier-mâche idols. This year marketing giant O&M joined forces with them and added an ingenious innovation to the idea of a bio-degradable idol.
They’ve created about 60 or so idols made of papier-mâche which are water solvent and also contain food for fish like corn, dried spinach and other veggies. This concept has been received well definitely a good encouragement to be taken on a larger scale next year.
If this trend continues, there’s no doubt that the ocean kingdom would be certainly looking forward to Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations every year!