Ganesh Chaturthi, a festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha, is around the corner. The festivities, which last for up to ten days, end with immersing idols of the deity in lakes or rivers. But, plaster of paris figurines painted with synthetic dyes are a recipe for environmental disaster.
It’s 2017, so it is about time we solve the problem, not contribute to it. You do not have to stop immersing idols, but you can start making better choices.
A city-based group of activists – National Environment Care Foundation – have come up with the idea of creating a clay idol inserted with a sapling. Once the rituals are over, place the idol in a pit with some water and in due time – a plant grows!
The NECF has identified two clay idol makers to do the job in Bengaluru, Vinayaka Car Street and Gavali Suresh N. Shetty. You can give them the sapling of your choice while you place the order, or pick an option from their list of plants, the Hindu reported.
Their contact details are 9448144877 (Mr. Vinayak) or 9448007108 (Mr. Suresh) for idols with saplings.
Also, the idols are painted with natural dyes.
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Mr. Shashidhar Shetty, the secretary of the NECF, said organisations that celebrate the festival should also follow it, though they might have to dig a huge pit for the immersion. This way they can contribute to a lot of greenery in the city.
So this Ganesh Chaturthi, don’t forget to go green!