Ganesh Chaturthi 2017: Idols made of cow dung gaining popularity
With three days remaining to go for Ganesh Chaturthi 2017, this year Ganesha idols made of cow-dung is the new 'go green'. Instead of buying colourful and glittering Ganesha idols that are hazardous to the environment, this year, bring home eco-friendly idols of the God.
When is Ganesh Chaturthi?
Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival celebrated to worship Lord Ganesh. This year, Ganesha Chaturthi will begin on August 25 and end on September 5. It is one of the most colourful ten day long celebrations.
Skilled artisans make clay models of Ganpati:
Across the country, around three months before the Ganesh Chaturthi, stunning clay models of Ganpati are being made by skilled artisans and sold in the various markets.
A reminder to choose eco-Ganesha idols
Union Cabinet Minister for Chemicals, Fertilisers and Parliamentary Affairs Ananth kumar appealed to citizens to adopt "ECO-GANESHA" idols.
History of Ganesh Chaturthi
Ganesha is believed to have been born during the Madhyana Kala, the third of the five kaals that a day is divided into - Pratahkala, Sangava, Madhyahna, Aparahna and Sayankl. This is equivalent to mid-day roughly and all prayers and offering will be made during this period to the idol of Ganesha.
Significane of Ganesh Chaturthi:
Ganesha is known by 108 different names and is the Lord of arts and sciences and the deva of wisdom. He is honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies as he's considered the God of beginnings. He's widely and dearly referred to as Ganapati or Vinayaka.
Ganesh Chaturthi celebrated with no less vigour in these cities
The festival is most prominent in the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Goa, and the thousands of pandals that pop up in Mumbai for the festival as well as the matki fod contests during the visarjan ceremony have served as a cultural symbol for the city in popular media and culture.
Date and Time:
The Chaturthi will begin at 8:27 pm on August 24 and end at 8:31 pm the next day, while the Madhyahna puja time is set between 11:25pm and 1:55pm, for a total duration of 2 hours and 29 minutes.
Move over clay, get home Ganesha idol made of cow dung
Ganesh idol made from cow dung is absolutely eco friendly. In Hindu rituals cow dung is sacred and is used for multi purpose. Ganesh idols made from cow dung can also be used to control water pollution and enrich water bodies plaster of paris Ganeshas.