Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Lord Ganesha who's considered to be the God of prosperity and wisdom. It is one of the major celebrated festivals in India. As this widely celebrated festival- Ganesh Chaturthi is nearing, here's how you can contribute to saving the environment.
Due to the use of Plaster of Paris (POP) over the ages, it has polluted our marine life. And Oil Paint colour, which contains lead in it, does not dissolve in water and prevents oxygen from entering the water due to which the marine life is dying. POP and lead both contaminate the water and the salt we use is made from the same contaminated water. It is we who are harming ourselves. Every year after the Ganesh Visarjan, loads of fishes and other marine lives are found dead near the shore. And it is because of POP and Lead.
To prevent our water bodies here's what we can do
- Instead of using POP, Use Clay for Ganpati idols.
Clay brick is an environment-friendly material. It is made up of mixing clay and water and contains no added chemicals. It is completely recyclable and returned to earth without harming the environment. Also, watercolours are used to paint the idol rather Oil paint colours.
- Use tree idols
Tree idols are made of mud. So, for Visarjan we can simply make our own pit and put the idol in it and run water over it. While making the tree idol, seeds are put inside the idol. So when you run water over it, the seeds are mixed in the pit and eventually a plant will grow. Here you are not just saving the environment by not contaminating water, but also, you contribute to nature by planting trees.
- Gold and silver idols
Many people nowadays have an idol made up of Gold or Silver. What they do is, they use the same idol every year and for the visarjan, they do it in their own house, in a bucket. And then they remove the idol and keep it aside in a safe place. For the next year, they worship the same idol. In this way, you don't have to buy a new idol every year and the idol made of Gold or Silver can be used for years.
Ganesha Chaturthi is meant to celebrate, not pollute the environment. We can take some precautions and that will not only save nature from getting polluted but also contribute to an eco-friendly festival.
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