Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

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Hyderabad, Aug 23: Ganesha Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi is an important Hindu festival which symbolizes synergy of human beings with nature.

It is celebrated every year in the month of September with great pomp and show.

All through the10-day long festival, various elements of nature are compounded with gaiety and devotion. All Ganesha devotees congregate and express cultural unity and solidarity.

But due its environmental impact, it is unfortunate that this age old traditional festival and its heritage is now a waning trend.

Today the same festival which is supposed to mark cultural strength and synergy with nature has become a cause for destruction of nature.

Amidst the celebrations, people tend to forget the ill-effects of the impact of idol immersion in the water bodies.

The use of synthetic colors on the idols is creating environmental hazards.

This dilution of chastity and sanctity of our festivals and the environmental pollution caused by chemicals in making idols has considerably reduced the aesthetics and spirituality of this nature oriented festival.

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

Ganesha Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chavithi is an important Hindu festival which symbolizes synergy of human beings with nature.

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

It is celebrated every year in the month of September with great pomp and show.

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

All through the10-day long festival, various elements of nature are compounded with gaiety and devotion.

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

All Ganesha devotees congregate and express cultural unity and solidarity.

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

But due its environmental impact, it is unfortunate that this age old traditional festival and its heritage is now a waning trend.

 

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

Today the same festival which is supposed to mark cultural strength and synergy with nature has become a cause for destruction of nature.

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

Amidst the celebrations, people tend to forget the ill-effects of the impact of idol immersion in the water bodies.

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

The use of synthetic colors on the idols is creating environmental hazards.

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

This dilution of chastity and sanctity of our festivals and the environmental pollution caused by chemicals in making idols has considerably reduced the aesthetics and spirituality of this nature oriented festival.

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

Nowadays, a lot of awareness has been created among the public to celebrate the Ganesha Chaturthi festival without hindering the nature and environment.

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

People are purchasing eco-friendly Ganesha idols made from natural clay and coloured with natural dyes.

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

This year, some voluntary organisations have planned free distribution of such naturally made idols. Some stalls have Ganesha idols between the range of Rs l0 to Rs 200.

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has made all arrangements to sell 25,000 clay Ganesh idols at selected places.

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

Big idols of five feet size will be supplied to residential welfare associations, schools,colleges and community groups.

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

In Balanagar area of Andhra Pradesh, artists are busy in making mud Ganesh idols of different sizes up-to 10 feet using mud and grass.

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

They are expecting a good business this year.

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

Hope this year Vinayaka chavithi will be celebrated by devotees with eco-friendly Ganesha idols.

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

Beautifully carved and decorated idols are drowned into water bodies like rivers, ponds and lakes with prayers for success, happiness and peace.

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

The most serious impact of idol immersion is on the environment. It disturbs the ecological balance by polluting water and adversely affecting the flora and fauna.

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

The idols of deities are made of non-biodegradable materials such as plastic, cement and plaster of paris and are painted with toxic dyes that contain harmful and toxic chemicals.

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

If consumed, it can even cost us our precious lives, as even a gulp of the chemicals can prove to be fatal.

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

Some unique and creative methods can be adopted to make ‘eco-friendly idols'.

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

We should follow the ancient tradition of constructing the statues from natural clay and paint it with flowers based dyes.

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

The government should take stringent measures during the procedure of immersing idols.

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

Authorities should make sure that devotees remove all clothes and heavy-metal ornaments from idols before bidding farewell to the deities.

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

There should be some strict guidelines and norms which must be followed prior to idol immersion across the country.

 

 

Celebrate Vinayaka Chavithi with eco-friendly Ganesha idols

We as devotees should understand that if we do not respect nature then we can never respect God.

 

 

Nowadays, a lot of awareness has been created among the public to celebrate the Ganesha Chaturthi festival without hindering the nature and environment.

People are purchasing eco-friendly Ganesha idols made from natural clay and coloured with natural dyes.

This year, some voluntary organisations have planned free distribution of such naturally made idols. Some stalls have Ganesha idols between the range of Rs l0 to Rs 200.

Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has made all arrangements to sell 25,000 clay Ganesh idols at selected places. Big idols of five feet size will be supplied to residential welfare associations, schools,colleges and community groups.

The use of synthetic colors on the idols is creating environmental hazards.

In Balanagar area of Andhra Pradesh, artists are busy in making mud Ganesh idols of different sizes up-to 10 feet using mud and grass. They are expecting a good business this year.

Hope this year Vinayaka chavithi will be celebrated by devotees with eco-friendly Ganesha idols.

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