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Eco Friendly Ganpati - How to Celebrate Environmental Friendly Ganesh Utsav

Eco Friendly Ganpati - How to Celebrate Environmental Friendly Ganesh Utsav

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One of the issues associated with the celebration of Ganesha Utsav is the pollution of the naturalresources, especially in the recent years. Initially people unwittingly followed practices that were inharmony with the nature and resulted in minimal or no pollution at all . However in the last 10-12 yearsthe the way people celebrate Ganpati Utsav has changed and this has resulted in a rise in the pollutionindex. So here are a few pointers and suggestions that should result in reducing the pollution duringGanesh Utsav .Ganesh Idol .In the recent years the trend of using Lord Ganesh statues made of plaster of Paris is on rise because plaster of Paris is light weight and cheap. However Plaster of Paris has a very low dissolution rate andhence the idols made of plaster of Paris will also dissolve slowly. It also contains other toxic materials.So Never use the Ganpati idols made of Plaster of Paris . Instead we can use Ganesh idols made of natural, recyclable,biodegradable materials like Shaadu(Natural Clay) or paper pulp.Insist that Ganpati idols should be painted using natural colours only. If you have a statue made of natural materials but paint it with artificial colours, it is still going to cause pollution because artificialcolors contain toxic materials and when these colurs dissolve in water after immersion they are going tocause water pollution .Decoration.One of the major components in Ganesha Utsav decoration is thermocol (stretch polystyrene) and after  plaster of Paris it is one of the major sources of pollution . Also avoid use of plastic in decoration. UseWood, paper , clothes and other recyclable and bio degradable materials for decoration .Immersion .During immersion the garlands of Bappa are strewn on the shores and banks of water bodies . Do notthrow away Nirmalya(floral offerings to the Lord) on the streets and dumpsters, instead put it in acomposite pit .After a few days these garlands in the composite pit will give you very rich naturalfertilizer for your garden. If you are not comfortable putting Lords garlands in a composite pit andhave to immerse the garlands along Ganpati statue , use newspaper and not polythene plastic bags tohold the garlands.Instead of immersing idols in the natural water bodies, we can create artificial water bodies like smalllake or tanks that will be used only for immersion of idols. Noise Pollution .With the advent of sound systems with insane decibel levels, the noise pollution has gone up manyfolds . Mindless film songs(that have no relation whatsoever to Ganesh) are played at ear splittinglevels all through the stay of Bappa and during his immersion. This is harmful not only to normal,healthy people but can be very dangerous to elder people,children and sick people. Virender Sehawg,the famous Indian batsman suffered hearing loss and had other complication because extremely highlevel decibel sounds were played very close to ears in one of the matches. He is still suffering from theill effects. I completely fail to understand this insane obsession with high decibel sounds. Please keepthe level of sound at a few decibels that can be tolerable by majority of the people, especially to thosestaying near the pandals.Symbolic immersions

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