Eco-Friendly Ganesh Chaturthi

Eco-Friendly Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi

Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is one of the important Hindu festivals celebrated throughout India with a great devotion. This day is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Lord Ganesh is the symbol of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. Please celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi as an Eco-Friendly Ganesh Chaturthi.

Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies. Ganesha is also invoked as patron of letters and learning during writing sessions.

The festival is celebrated by families at home, by people at their places of work and in public. The public celebration involves installing clay images of Ganesha in public pandals(temporary shrines) and group worship. At home, an appropriately-sized clay image is installed and worshipped with family and friends. At the end of the festival, the idols are immersed in a large body of water such as the sea, river or a lake. The clay idols disintegrate over time in the water.

Eco-Friendly Ganesh Chaturthi

Eco-Friendly Clay Ganesh Idols

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The most serious impact of the festival on the environment is due to the immersion of plaster-of-Paris idols in bodies of water. Traditionally, idols were sculpted from mud taken from nearby bodies of water; after the festival they were returned to their source, a cycle meant to represent the natural cycle of creation and dissolution.

Plaster of Paris contains chemicals like Sulfur, Gypsum, Phosphorous and Magnesium. After immersion, Plaster of Paris dissolves slowly, gradually releasing all these harmful chemicals. As a result of these chemicals, the acidity level of water rises thereby making it toxic. This water is very harmful to fish and other aqua creatures. Also it causes diseases to people when they consume it.

Because of the above disadvantages please avoid using Pop Idols and use Clay Idols and natural colours. was supporting Eco-Friendly Ganesh Chaturthi. wishes you a happy Eco-Friendly Ganesh Chaturthi to all.