5 Eco-friendly ways to celebrate Ganesha Chaturthi
The favourite and also the most awaited Indian festival is finally here, it’s time to celebrate Ganesha Chaturthi. This festival is celebrated to honour the beloved Lord Ganesha and it commemorates the birth of the elephant-headed God.
Ganesha Chaturthi celebrations are beginning on the 2nd of September 2019 this year and will last for 10 days. This festival is celebrated across the country but is majorly celebrated in the South of India, and one can witness the best of it in the state of Maharashtra; the grandeur of it is visible especially in Mumbai and Pune.
The environmental degradation is a major concern today, and we can do our bit in saving the nature by celebrating this festival in a manner through which we can do our bit in protecting and maintaining the environment. Let’s pledge to God that we would not let his best creation get destroyed in any way.
Here are 5 ways with which we can celebrate Ganesha Chaturthi in an eco-friendly way.
1. Choose eco-friendly idols
The first thing we do for this festival is the idol selection or some even create it themselves. We should refrain from choosing idols made out of PoP (Plaster of Paris) as they are toxic and contribute towards environmental damage. Go for idols which are made out of paper pulp, unbaked clay, etc. it is also suggested that the height of the idol should be at the lowest possible. We have already witnessed heart-wrenching images of sea shores having damaged idols just because they were huge enough.
2. Use decorative articles which are biodegradable
The decorative setup we create is one of the most exciting activities we take up to celebrate this festival. It is recommended that we do not use plastic, thermocol or any other item which would hamper the environment. Use paper, wood, flowers which can be later turned into fertilizer.
3. Save Energy and withhold noise pollution
The decorative lights which are being used for illumination should be energy efficient. Usage of CFLs, LEDs is recommended as they consume less energy and do their job better. Rather than choosing high power bulbs, wrap bulbs with coloured papers for better effect and saving on cost. We know that the high energy, loud songs don’t match with the essence of the festival, play shlokas and mantras which bring on positivity in the vicinity and also aid in not spreading noise pollution.
4. Choose eco-friendly articles for serving food
We do follow a tradition of distributing of ‘Prasad’ to the ones who visit for seeking the blessing of the Lord. Rather than choosing thermocol or plastic, choose biodegradable plates, glasses, bowls, spoons, etc. for serving the Prasad. Offer them with bags made out of paper or jute to help them in carrying their offerings which they bring in.
5. Choose an artificial tank and create a compost pit
The immersion of the Ganesha idol in a natural water body contributes to water pollution and causes harm to the biodiversity. The society has come up with ideas like creating artificial tanks for immersion, make sure you perform you Visarjan in an artificial tank to do your bit in saving the environment. The organic material known as the ‘Nirmalaya’ should be added to a community built compost pit. This can further be used to fertilise tress, or plants present in the vicinity of a garden, if present around.
Let’s begin a new way to worship the ‘God of Beginnings’ and ensure we contribute towards environmental protection and sustainability by Celebrating Ganesha Chaturthi in an Eco-Friendly Way. Happy Ganesha Chaturthi!