This Ganesha festival, bring eco-friendly idols
The cry for purchase of eco-freindly Ganesha idols fell on deaf ears all these years. However, environmentalists vouching for eco-freindly Ganesha have a reason to cheer this festive season.
With the rolling out of Goods and Services Tax (GST), the Plaster of Paris Ganesh idols are going to be costlier compared to clay idols. The cost of POP idols has gone up by around 30 per cent. Owing to the fact that the POP idols (raw materials) now also attract GST, vendors have hiked the price of POP idols.PM Modi in his latest edition of Man Ki Baat urged people to use clay idols this Ganesh Chaturthi.
In fact, Telangana government has decided to distribute one lakh plus eco-friendly clay Ganeshas to make the festival eco-friendly. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation requested people to support the initiative.
Here, we present glimpses of artists all over the country busy giving final touches to the idols.
Ganesha idols in Allahabad
An artist giving final touches to the idols of Lord Ganesha ahead of Ganesh Utsav celebrations in Allahabad on Monday. PTI Photo
Artist in Bikaner
Artist throw water in Lord Ganesha shain and strong works an idol of Lord Ganesha ahead of Ganesh festival in Bikaner on Monday. PTI PHOTO
An artist gives final touches to the statues of Lord Ganesha ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi in Amritsar on Friday. PTI Photo
Clay in Hubballi, Karnataka
An artist makes idols of Lord Ganesha using mud at Hosur Cross area in Hubballi on Thursday following a ban imposed by the district administration on the use of Plaster of Paris (PoP) for making idols. PTI Photo
Ready for sale
Idols of Lord Ganesha on sale ahead of Ganesh utsav in Bikaner on Monday. PTI Photo