â€śThe nature of our
future depends on the future of our
This Ganesh Chaturthi, letâ€™s all pledge to celebrate
the great Elephant God in an eco-friendly manner. Read on to know how
celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in an eco-friendly
Lord Ganesha is
considered to be the God of success and prosperity. Ganesh Chaturthi is
celebrated with great pomp and zeal especially in Maharashtra. People
enthusiastically participate in the celebrations. Devotees bring home an
Ganesha and worship it for a period of 10 days
or less. People also erect pandals in their housing societies or
areas and keep Ganpati statues and idols for public Darshan following
they immerse the idol in water during Ganesh Visarjan.
Some Ganesh Chaturthi practices are
harming the Environment.
However, after the
celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi and immersion of the idols; the seas,
and lakes are often left dirty and polluted, harming all water creatures
mother earth. These are some of the ways by which the celebrations,
and rituals are causing harm to the environment.
Plaster of Paris (POP)
Plaster of Paris (POP)
is one of the most common elements used to create the Ganesha idols. POP
a natural occurring material; hence it takes a lot of time to dissolve.
made from gypsum. It can even take several months or years to dissolve
Chemical Dyes and
The chemical dyes used
to paint these idols are also harmful as they result in
pollution. The chemical paints on the idols
contain poisonous and heavy metals such as lead, mercury, etc. which
water as the idol dissolves and harm water
After the immersions,
water bodies such as oceans, seas, lakes, etc. are left highly
Along with the idols, several other items are immersed in the water such
banana leaves and coconuts making the water dirty and impure. Items used
decoration are also dumped into the seas and other water bodies.
Reduced Oxygen Levels
The toxic and heavy
paints from the idols form a layer on the water surface which increases
of the water and deprives fish and other aquatic animals of oxygen. That
why, many fish are found dead and floating on the surface of the water
day after Ganesh immersions.
Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in an
To avoid causing harm to
the environment, here are a few tips
and precautions you can take to ensure that celebrations are
Buy Eco-friendly Ganesha
One can buy
idols for celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi. Clay
idols dissolve immediately in the water, greatly lessening or completely
preventing water pollution. You can immerse it in a bucket at home also.
are keen on buying POP idols, then you sprinkle a few drops of water
symbolically and give it for recycling. Many people also use metal,
wooden idols and symbolically immerse it by placing it under water and
removing it and reusing the same idol every year. Ganesh idols made from
are also eco friendly and immerse easily in water.
Some other Tips for Eco-friendly
- Avoid using chemical paints containing harmful colours
and dyes. Instead use natural colours such as turmeric, gheru, multani
mitti, etc. for
- Donâ€™t use materials like thermocol or plastics for
decoration which are not degradable and which do not dissolve in water.
Instead you can use biodegradable items like plain paper or colored
- Remove flowers, garlands, clothes, plastic and other
decoration items before immersing the idols. Distribute food items like
coconuts and fruits to the poor.
- Make a compost of all the biodegradable items including
flowers, etc. Flowers can be mixed with the soil which will help the
plants in your
All devotees of Lord Ganesha can
continue celebrating the festival but they should take care to not
environment adversely. Take safety
precautions to avoid freak accidents during the processions or at
the sea-shore. Avoid or minimize use of loudspeakers because it causes
pollution. Celebrating the Ganesh festival is not about how big your
idol is or
how expensive your decoration is. It is not about a display of wealth or
showing off. Rather, it is about the religious sentiment, emotion and
in your heart. One should celebrate and enjoy the festival without
damage to the environment.
How do you celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi? What
do to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in an eco-friendly manner? How can you
your child to care for the environment? Discuss