Ganesh Chaturthi 2012 is over. So will be looking to go for Eco Ganesh Idols for 2013.
Ganesh festival in Mumbai exhibits enormous energy throughout the festival. There are thousands of Ganesh idols which are worshipped by Mandals and in households. This increase in Ganesh idols in modern times is also contributing to serious environmental pollution.
Everyone know immersion of idols causes water pollution. But really don't have insight of the problem. Awareness of chemicals involved and its adverse effect is very important.
Earlier idols were made of traditional mud. Now a days the idol is made of plaster of paris painted using toxic chemical dyes to make them bright and attractive to buyers.
Effects of Plaster of Paris:
Idols made from Plaster of paris are light weight and attractive. Plaster of paris don't get dissolve easily in water. After immersion it takes more than 48 hours to get dissolve in water. Sometimes bulldozers are required to crush them into particles. The remains of statues lay on the beaches next day of immersion. It leads to dishonouring to our Ganapati Bappa.
The result of untraditional idols results are seen after the immersions which is seen at all the beaches in Mumbai as shown in picture below:
Immersion of these can poison the waters of lakes, rivers and the sea by:
Such pollution damages the ecosystem by:
And damages health by polluting drinking water sources causing
Eco Friendly Mud/Clay Ganesh Idols
The eco friendly Ganesh idols made from mud have lot of importance through rituals and for our environment. These Ganesh idols dissolves in water not more than 10 hours. It is said that Ganesh Mud idols attracts more pure spiritual particles known as "Pavitraks" of Lord Ganesh.
So what is the solution to overcoming the above problems?
Several groups are now developing ecosensitive Ganesh idols that do not pollute. Amongst the materials that people are experimenting with there are idols made out of recycled waste paper, natural clay and other natural fibres.