Hyderabad: In a wake of Ganesh Chaturthi festival, the devotees have decided to add a touch of eco-friendliness in their celebrations.
We often read reports about pollution being caused after idols are immersed in water bodies following the 10-day celebration of Ganesh Chathurthi. Keeping that in mind, Sathya Sai trust in Bengaluru has made Ganesh idol using sugarcane shunning Plaster of Paris (PoP).
After guidelines issued by the Central Pollution Control Board regarding the 'visarjan' (immersion) of Plaster of Paris idols in water bodies during the 'Ganesh Chaturthi' festival, there is a shift towards the merit in choosing an eco-friendly option if it is available.
In the idol-making workshop, CEE provided an opportunity for participants to use their creative skills in working with clay. Through this workshop, there were various messages conveyed to the participants such as using clay or any other eco-friendly material for 'Ganesha' idol is less polluting and closer to nature.
An understanding towards the utility of having smaller idols are preferable as it uses fewer resources and create less pollution overall. While the participants enjoyed the process of creating their own 'Ganesha' idol, they took back the message of celebrating 'Ganesh Chaturthi' festival the eco-friendly way by choosing over Plaster of Paris.
Eco-friendly Ganesha idols are those that are made out of clay, natural fibres, papers and other biodegradable materials.
Satish Kumar, a shopkeeper while speaking to ANI said, "There is huge demand of eco-friendly Ganesh idol. People are avoiding idols made of plaster. I am selling such idols from the past 4 years. This is even good for the environment and the price is also affordable."
The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi will begin from September 13.