High demand for eco-friendly Ganesha idols

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Sep 2018 14:11:58


Staff Reporter,


The organisers of ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’ celebration and the residents from Steel City preferring the eco-friendly Ganesha idols being made of clay and paper pulp or which use naturally extracted colours over idols made of plaster of paris (PoP). The growing popularity and greater acceptance of eco-friendly clay Ganesha idols is a testimony to the emerging trend of environmental consciousness among the Bhilaians.

The festival this year starts on September 13 and the immersion of the Lord Ganesha idol will be held on September 23. On the other hand, few of the social organisations and schools are conducting workshop of making eco-friendly clay idols to create awareness among people about adverse effects of PoP idols on environment.

Environmentalist Jitendra Kumar informed that the immersion of PoP idols pollutes the water bodies and kill fish, thus affecting their livelihood. He also added that PoP idols take 15 days to a month to disintegrate and cause an increase in marine life mortality, while those made of eco-friendly clay take only a day or less to dissolve in water and cause lesser water pollution.

Artisans Shiv Kumar welcomed the attitudinal change among people and said that as artisans they were happy because the idols were now environmental friendly, less costly to paint and give better returns. A potter man Somnath Chakradhari, pointed that earlier it was hard to find buyers for eco-friendly idols as the demand of PoP made idols was more owing to its comparatively low cost. Only traditionalists used to buy small clay idols for puja. But, in the last few years, the demand for eco-friendly idols has been seen a significant rise in Bhilai.