Vakra-Tunndda Maha-Kaaya Suurya-Kotti Samaprabha |
Nirvighnam Kuru Me Deva Sarva-Kaaryessu Sarvadaa ||
As we are all aware of the fact that Ganesh Chaturthi is just around the corner, we are all excited to celebrate this festival. But, this Ganesh Chaturthi, let’s pledge to celebrate this auspicious festival by keeping our environmental condition in mind. This year, let us step forward and join hands in celebrating eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi.
Ganesh Utsav is one of the most auspicious festivals celebrated blissfully and joyfully across India. Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god is considered as the God of power and wisdom. In India, people worship Ganesha before initiating any work. Ganesh Festival is mainly celebrated as the birthday of the lord and beautifully decorated idols of various shapes and sizes are made for sale by specially skilled artists. Ganesh festival of Ganesh Chaturthi starts with the installation of these beautiful statues in colourfully decorated temporary structures in every locality.
This festival also includes various rituals like aarti, maha pooja and many other cultural activities. On the last day or the final day of this festival, people submerge or immerse the statues into the water, which in turn have started affecting the environment in and around us. Today, celebrating an eco- friendly Ganesh Chaturthi is the need of the hour!
Listed below are few ways to celebrate an eco- friendly Ganesh Chaturthi:
1. Ganesh idols for eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi
As going green is one of the best options, say no to Ganesh idols made of Plaster of Paris, clay, plastic, or thermocol. Instead, go for idols that are natural, eco- friendly, made of biodegradable material so that after immersion it does not pollute the water. Natural products can be used to make idol such as unbaked clay, coconut, paint with natural colours, etc.
2. Use Eco- friendly colours for rangoli
This Ganesh Chaturthi, use natural colours for making Rangoli which includes turmeric, henna, mehendi, rice powder and gulaal. These colours do not pose a threat to human health and also, it does pollute the environment.
3. Decorations for eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi
During grand festivals, people usually use plastic and many other non-degradable materials that are more hazardous to our environment when dumped as garbage later. The alternative for this is including materials like paper flowers or natural flowers for decoration. Natural materials like cloth, wood, paper can also be used to decorate. Celebrate eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi this season.
4. Abstain from noise pollution
This Ganesh Chaturthi, avoid playing loud music which might create disturbance to others. Instead, use low sounding instruments. Speakers and microphones should be played between 6 am and 10 pm and people should abide by the rules. Avoid bursting firecrackers as they will also affect the environment.
5. Limit the number of Ganesha Idols in your locality
Instead of celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi with small and tiny pandals, make a collaborative effort and set up a huge pandal in the community. This will also help you to take care of the pollution problem as fewer pandals mean less pollution.
6. Ban Ganesha made of Plaster of Paris
Ensure this season, you celebrate eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi in your apartment community or neighbourhoods. Buy Green Ganesha and ensure they ban the idols made of Plaster of Paris or other hazardous chemicals. These materials add up more damage to the environment. Spread awareness on the use of eco Ganesha and drawbacks of hazardous chemicals and their effects on the environment.
7. Artificial immersion tanks
Apart from doing the Ganesh visarjan at your home, you can also opt for an artificial immersion tank for community immersions. The water can be reused for plants and trees in your locality and for other non-consumption purposes.
8. Compost pit for organic material
Collect the offerings of flowers, garlands and other organic material and put them in a compost pit. These compost materials can be used to fertilize your garden. Dried flowers can be used later to make natural colours or decorative paper for gifts.
We hope this was of great help! let us know if you have any other ideas in mind!