Celebrate a green Ganesh Chaturthi this year!
Green Ganesh or eco-friendly Ganesh is the new buzzword for some of the environmental activists in Bangalore. eCoexist, which has been working on this issue for the past four years, has a range of natural and biodegradable Ganesh idols.
Even as the city gets ready to usher in Ganesh Chaturthi on September 11, environmentalists are shuddering at the thought of idols made out of toxic plaster of paris poisoning our water bodies again. There are many campaigns going on for eco-friendly Ganesh idols in Bangalore. This Ganesh Chaturthi is up to aware the devotees to use eco-friendly and natural Ganesh idols which are made with clay, paper, and recyclable and biodegradable waste material.
Several voluntary organizations have opened stores to sell eco-friendly Ganesh idols in the city. A group of activists have also started a website called ‘Parisara Ganapati’ for eco-friendly Ganesh idols. This project by Youth For Seva aims to promote eco-friendly practices during Ganapati pooja.
Key aspects of this eco-friendly celebration are use of unpainted clay idols, use of nature based dyes for painting Ganesh idols, proper disposal of idols and other pooja material. Another key aim of this project is to promote awareness and understanding about the spiritual and cultural ideals behind Ganapati pooja, ideals which have been obscured by the recent trends.
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the Government of Karnataka have been urging to use nature-friendly Ganapati idols for this Ganesh Chaturthi to make the city of Bangalore and the state of Karnataka clean, green and pollution-free.
The most popular green Ganesh idols are the one made from pure clay. Other idols that are on sale include Ganesh idols made paper mache, tapioca powder, flour and light-weight Ganesh idols. eCoexist, a social enterprise located in Pune, distributes Natural clay Ganesh idols with natural paint. They have started taking orders for Ganesh Chaturthi Festival 2010. Various shapes and types of Natural Clay Ganesh murtis are available at eCoexist.
The natural clay idols are hand sculpted and painted with natural pigments such turmeric and red earth. The idols are made by Vinayak Gudigar of Sirsi who hails from a family of sculptors credited for conserving the tradition of handmade idols. They are also encouraging people to immerse these eco-friendly idols in a bucket of clean water at home and use this to water plants.
One can choose from the 10-inch Darbar Ganpati priced at Rs. 1,200, the 12-inch Shilapith Ganpati for Rs. 1,450 or the 18-inch idol which comes with a price tag of Rs. 1,800. Visit www.e-coexist.com for details. To order, contact Mala Dhawan on 9845008482 or maladhawan@gmail.
Here are some of the other places where you can buy eco-friendly clay Ganesh Idols in Bangalore:
# 37, 17th Cross, Sri Bhooma Malleswaram,
Ph: 080 23567470.
Shop on 10th Main,
Srinivasnagar, Near Ayappa temple
Banshankari I Stage,
#32, Sweet homes layout, Srinivaspura,
Uttarahalli, Kengeri main road,
near Srinivas pura bus stop
Contact: 9036605321 - Mr. Raman
Shop #56, Tatana Mane Compound,
3rd Main Road, Chamarajpet,
Ph: Chetan K.S. – 9901303390