Ganapati Bappa Moraya!!

August 25, 2006 at 3:35 pm 19 comments

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                 Ganapati Bappa Moraya!!!

 Ganpati Utsav as it is called in Maharashtra, is just 2 days away now and all of us are waiting for the festivities to begin. Shops (some makeshift shops also, just for this occasion) are flooded with colorful Ganesh idols in different sizes and lots and lots of colorful, glittering decorative items, tempting you to buy them!!

Hey, before you are tempted to buy all that eye-catching, glittering stuff…..a word of caution….

These beautifully decorated idols are made of plaster of Paris which is not easily dissolved in water. Many of the items used for decoration are made from Thermacol or plastic which is not biodegradable.

These idols along with the decorations will be immersed in water on the last day of the festival.Think of the amount of pollution – kilos n kilos of POP, Plastic, Thermacol, flowers etc.. will cause to the water and marine life post immersion.

NGO’s, environmental groups and the government to a certain extent, have been trying to create awareness for a environment friendly celebration of the festival. But looking at the shops and other preparations around ,they seem to have not been taken very seriously.

Don’t get me wrong here. I am not against celebrating the festival, in fact its one of my favoruite festivals…But can we not celebrate the festival in a way that is environment friendly? Believe me there are quite a few options one can use to that effect.

In the olden days POP was not popular and the idols were made from Mud (Shadu-a type of Mud). The idols would easily dissolve after immersion in water. These are still available in the market, at a little higher price maybe. Also natural colors can be used to color them.Why not bring home idols made od Mud colored with natural colors??

In our house we don’t bring any idols from the market. We have a beautiful Silver Ganesh murti. Obviously we don’t immerse the idol.After the festival we just move the idol and keep it back in our pooja room..I think that’s the best and most eco friendly option to celebrate the festival.

For those who still insist on using Plaster of Paris idols available and immerse them…the government sets up special tanks at most of the places. Try to immerse these idols in these tanks.

Let us do our bit to save this environment from pollution and celebrate this festival in an eco-friendly manner…I think even lord Ganesh (Ganapati Bappa as we fondly call him) will  bless us for that!!!

Best wishes for a Happy, Eco – friendly Ganesh festival……

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(I got these photos in my mail.So am not sure of the origin.Thanks to whoever has posted them on the net)

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19 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sakshi  |  August 25, 2006 at 6:33 pm

    You said it, sister!
    I was going to do a repost of my last years’s post with revisions. It went along the same lines.

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  • 2. vineela  |  August 30, 2006 at 11:18 pm

    Hi Madhuli,
    Happy Vinayaka Chavithi to you and your family.
    Vineela

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  • 3. sanjay parab  |  July 17, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    shree ganesh

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  • 4. Jeanette Ingersoll  |  August 10, 2007 at 8:15 am

    Hi I was wondering if you could tell me more about the picture with all the Ganesh on it: meaning where did you get the picture? What is the meaning or what does the writting represent under each one? Thanks I would really appriciate it, I’m just learning!
    @ Hi Jeanette. Thanks for stopping by. That’s a picture I received in my mail and those are the different names of Ganesha written in Sanskrit.

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  • 5. Ganesh Chaturthi « My Foodcourt  |  September 14, 2007 at 10:21 am

    […] wishes for an Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi and 10 days of festive […]

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  • 6. Ganpati bappa Moraya ! « Tech and Trek  |  September 25, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    […] Environmental pollution POP idols and Chemical Paint, use of materials like Thermo col in large quantities for decoration, rampant use of plastic. […]

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  • 7. bijal  |  August 3, 2008 at 2:30 am

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  • 8. mahendra  |  September 8, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    its very nice

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  • 9. SRIDHAR SAHA  |  September 12, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    puja & arthi

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  • 10. SRIDHAR SAHA  |  September 12, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    sridhar.saha@yahoo.com

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  • 11. SRIDHAR SAHA  |  September 12, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    email

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  • 12. SRIDHAR SAHA  |  September 12, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    very nice ganapathi bappa

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  • 13. RATNESH  |  January 9, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    HAPPY GANESH CHATURTHI TO YOU & YOUR FAMILY.

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  • 14. PURUSHOTTAM NARAYANKAR  |  May 27, 2010 at 12:51 am

    I am very happy to celebraite this ganesh festival.
    HAPPY GANESH CHATURTHI TO YOU & YOUR FAMILY.

    Ganapati Bappa Moraya!
    Magala Murty Moraya!

    Reply
  • 15. sudanta sen  |  June 3, 2010 at 10:13 am

    very good picture

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    • 16. sudanta sen  |  October 31, 2010 at 2:59 pm

      i love ganeshji very much . he also love me very much i know from my feelings

      Reply
  • 17. Jacqueline  |  January 16, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    First of all I would like to say wonderful blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your
    mind prior to writing. I’ve had a tough time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out. I do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Cheers!

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    • 18. My foodcourt  |  January 25, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Hey as you can see from the (in)frequency of my posts, I post only when the thoughts flow freely or else I don’t post at all 🙂

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