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Nagpur, Chandrapur civic bodies ban POP idols

TOI, 06 Sep 2012, 03:25 IST,

MUMBAI: While Mumbai's civic fathers are reluctant to take a firm stand on plaster of paris Ganesh idols, the Chandrapur and Nagpur municipal corporations have stolen a march over the financial capital. Both civic bodies recently passed resolutions banning the sale of POP idols this Ganesh festival within their municipal limits.

Former mayor Shubha Raul who campaigned extensively for an environment friendly Ganesh festival, even introducing the concept of artificial lakes for immersion so that the environmentally harmful idols are not immersed in the sea, said it was high time the government stepped in with a law to stop the use of POP idols.

"There is nothing religious about damaging the environment. We are surrounded by sea on three sides and so are highly affected by the marine environment and it is for us to protect it. It will take two decades to change people's mindset. Instead, the government must introduce a law banning such idols,'' she said. As mayor, she said, she could only petition the government to draft a law, since policy making is the government's domain.

Raul pointed out that many years ago Goa banned immersion of idols in the sea because degradation of the sea by the immersion was directly affecting tourism, its main source of income. "Even Pune does not allow immersion in water bodies so why should Mumbai do it?'' she asked adding that creating artificial lakes was expensive and it was unfortunate that only 20-30% of the idols were immersed here. Annually, over 2.5 lakh household idols are worshipped in the city during the festival, besides several thousand sarvajanik idols.

Recently, Jayant Patil, guardian minister for Mumbai city, said at a co-ordination committee meeting for the Ganesh festival that despite an awareness campaign for the last several years, mindsets had not changed much and people continued to opt for POP idols. Anil Bhatia, member of the Marine Drive Residents' Association said it was a very welcome decision and Mumbai too should do it. "It is destroying our seas and it is high time they stopped it,'' he said. Environmentalist Rishi Agarwal pointed out that a century ago, idols were made only of clay as there was no concept of POP. "No one is against the festival being celebrated. All that is required is regulating the material being used for the idols. If environment friendly materials are made mandatory, it will automatically bring down the size of the idols,'' he said.

However, idol makers in Vidarbha are unhappy that the two corporations issued the ban without giving them prior notice. "They sent us a notice last August saying they wanted to ban the POP idols and would hold a meeting to discuss the issue. In the last week of August this year, they informed us that they will not allow sale of POP idols. Many idol makers are poor and have taken loans. A ban without proper intimation is unfair and would destroy them,'' said Ankush Ayane of the Nag-Vidarbha Murtikar va Vikreta Mahasangh.
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News article published in daily newspaper Maharashtra Times, 21st August, 2012.
हायटेक शाडू गणेश
मुंबई, म. टा. खास प्रतिनिधी
पीओपीच्या मूर्तींचा काळही मागे पडून पुन्हा पारंपरिक शाडूच्या मूर्तींची लोकप्रियता वाढू लागली आहे. पर्यावरणस्नेही आणि आकर्षक मूर्तींना मोठा प्रतिसाद मिळत असल्याने शाडूच्या मूर्तींचेही प्रमोशन केले जात असून त्यांच्या विक्रीसाठी ऑनलाइन तंत्राची मदत घेतली जात आहे.

शाडूच्या मातीची अनुपलब्धता , त्याची अधिक किंमत , मूर्तीकारांची कमतरता आणि शाडूच्या मूर्ती तयार होण्यासाठी लागणारा अधिक वेळ अशा अनेक समस्यांमुळे अनेकांना घरी पीओपीची मूर्ती आणावी लागत होती. दुसरीकडे शाडूच्या मूर्ती बनवण्यासाठी कारागिरांना आर्थिक पाठिंबा नसल्याने पीओपीच्या मूर्ती तयार करण्याकडेच मूर्तीकारांचा कल होता. ' निर्मलज्योत ' या संस्थेने मात्र या दोन्ही समस्यांवर मात केली आहे.

या संस्थेने पेणमधील कारागिरांना एकत्र करून शाडूच्या मूर्ती तयार करण्याचे काम सोपवले आहे तर , दुसरीकडे सिद्धिविनायक मंदिर न्यास , महानगरपालिका आणि महाराष्ट्र प्रदूषण नियंत्रण मंडळ यांच्या साह्याने पर्यावरण जनजागृती आणि शाडूच्या मूर्तींची प्रसिद्धी करण्याची बाजूही सावरली आहे. त्यामुळे सध्या सिद्धिविनायक मंदिरात शाडूच्या मूर्तींची नोंदणी करण्यासाठी लावलेल्या स्टॉल उत्तम प्रतिसाद मिळत आहे. ' एप्रिलमध्येही अशा प्रकारच्या मूर्तींचे प्रदर्शन लावले होते , तेव्हा ५०० जणांनी नोंदणी केली होती. आताही भाविकांनी मोठ्या प्रमाणात नोंदणी करण्यास सुरुवात केली आहे ', असे ' निर्मलज्योत ' च्या अलका शाह यांनी सांगितले. सूरतमध्ये पीओपीच्या मूर्तींवर बंदी घालण्यात आली आहे. सूरत , हैदराबाद एवढेच नव्हे तर लंडन आणि अमेरिकेहूनही शाडूच्या मूर्तींना मागणी आहे.

२६ इंचापर्यंतच्या मूर्ती उपलब्ध
शाडूच्या तेरा इंचापासून २६ इंचापर्यंतच्या मूर्ती उपलब्ध असून त्यांची किंमत एक हजार रुपयांपासून साडेतीन हजार रुपयांपर्यंत आहे. पीओपीच्या मूर्तींपेक्षा शाडूच्या मूर्तींची किंमत कमी ठेवली गेल्यानेही प्रतिसादात वाढ झाली आहे. याशिवाय पर्यावरणस्नेही रंग तसेच पेस्टल कलर अशा दोन पर्यायांमध्ये मूर्ती उपलब्ध आहेत. महापालिकेच्या सीएसटी येथील मुख्यालयात एक ते पाच सप्टेंबरदरम्यान प्रदर्शन ठेवण्यात येणार असून मंत्रालयातही असे प्रदर्शन करून या कर्मचाऱ्यांमध्ये शाडूच्या मूर्तींचा प्रसार करण्याचा हेतू असल्याचे अलका शाह म्हणाल्या.

मूर्ती घरपोच
टाळ-आरत्यांच्या सोबतीने गणपतीचे आगमन करण्याची परंपरा आहे. मात्र , आजच्या धकाधकीच्या जीवनात गणपतीही घरी पोहोचवण्याची जबाबदारी ' निर्मलज्योत ' ने स्वीकारली आहे. गणपतीचे बुकिंग करण्यासाठीही वेगळा वेळ काढण्याची गरज नाही. ecoganesha.org या वेबसाइटवर गणपतीच्या विविध मूर्ती , त्यांची उंची वगैरे माहिती देण्यात आली आहे. त्यात पेमेंटचाही पर्याय उपलब्ध आहे. ज्यांना गणेशमूर्ती स्वतः घरी न्यायची आहे , त्यांच्यासाठी अंधेरी , कांदिवली आणि मुलुंड येथे डेपो आहेत. याशिवाय गणपती थेट घरी पोहोचवण्याची सुविधाही येथे देण्यात आली आहे.
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Disadvantages of adopting POP Ganesha idols

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Ganpati bappa morya!
Paryaavaranaachi Kalji Ghyaa!
This Ganesha Chaturthi make a right divine choice…….adopt eco-friendly clay idols!

Why one should adopt clay idols while worshiping Lord Ganesha on Chaturthi?
On auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi maximum power of Ganesha decent to earth its called All pervading powers of GOD‘s love. This powers or blessing are absorbed by only natural clay, swayambhus or stone because it’s one of panch tattwa. It is only panch tattwa has capacity to absorb and transform energy. Say for example: water generates electricity and its transform to your house through metal wire not through plastic because it’s not panchtattw or you can say dead matter. Can you grow vegetable on plastic or artificial matter?? So maximum vibration will absorb by natural clay.
An idol made out of clay dissolves faster in water and does not create any harm to marine life. Festivals are to be celebrated in keeping with spirit of ecological sustainment.
For emancipate or to bring benevolence to entire world. The worshiping Lord Ganesha should be done in its true form. He is God of Mother Earth. He controls the matter as written in Athervarshish. Any imbalance of Ganesha principle causes earthquakes and destruction of earth.
Therefore this Ganesha Chaturthi makes divine choice by bringing an eco-friendly clay idol.

Revive an age old tradition!

Celebrate an eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi!

Adopt Clay Idols!

What can you do to protect environment?
  • Use permananent idols made of Stone or Metal like silver and brass.
  • Do a symbolic immersion
  • Reuse the same idols again the next year.
  • If you wish to immersed idols than purchase small eco-friendly idol.
  • Immersed idol at home and use the soil in Garden.
  • Use eco-friendly table wear
  • Compose the Nirmalaya
  • Say NO to Plastic and Thermocol decoration.
  • Let’s take pledge to celebrate eco-friendly Ganesh festival.
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ecoGanesha's Website Launch

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Nirmaljyot Charitable trust had recently organised exhibition to propagate use of eco-friendly Ganesh clay idol for coming Ganapati festival, Nirmalaya Kalash and Artificial Pond. We have also launch web to convey our message to people and facilitate use of eco-friendly product. We all are aware about pollution inconsistencies due use of non-biodegradable material like POP, Thermocol and Plastic at the time of Ganesh Festival. This awareness program is in association with ministry of Environment, Maharashtra control Pollution Board, Shri Sidhivinayak Temple Trust and MCGM.

India has great spiritual and cultural tradition. Lord Ganesha is worshiped everyday in daily rituals. But we have to inculcate the perspective of patriotism, spirituality and environment protection in our daily and practise it. Festivals should to be celebrated in keeping with the spirit of ecological sustainment.

Eco- Ganesh Festival was open to public from 24th April to 1st may 2012.

Inaugurated by Hon cabinet minister of Environment Shri Sanjay Devatale, Hon Minister of State Shri Sachin Ahir and other distinguish guest Hon Shri Suresh Shetty Ex- Environment Minister, Shrimati Valsa Nair Singh- Pollution Secretary, shri Jatinder Singh Sahani, Chairman of MPCB, Mr Milind Mahiskar, Mr Asim Gupta, Addl Commissnor, Mr K.Kshirsagar DMC Zone II, MISS INDIA Ankita Souri, Ms Nirmiti sawant and trustees of Shri Sidhivinayak Temple Trust.

I Ms ALLKA SHAH Founder of Nirmaljyot trust appeal you to adopt eco-friendly behaviour by adopting eco-friendly shadu idol for coming Ganapati festival. Our trust will be organising exhibition of idols again in month of September at sidhivinayak Temple.

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Immersion Stats- 2012

For 1.5 days' Ganesha Murti Immersion- 20th Sept., 2012:
  Ganesha Idols
Natural Ponds (Total) 63674
Sarvajanik 144
Household 63530
   
Artificial Ponds (Total) 5919
Sarvajanik 26
Household 5893
   
Total immersed 69593

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Eco Friendly Murti Locations

EXHIBITION CUM DELIVERY CENTERS

NORTH MUMBAI

VILE PARLE - Exhibition Open

Mrs Rashmi ( 11.00am - 7.00pm ) - Tel: 9892618372 / 8452070822
Mahila Adhar Kendra
Ground Floor Baba Gawde Hospital (Back side)
Opp. Vile Parle Station East

KANDIVALI WEST - Exhibition Opening 26th July

Mrs Megna - Tel: 9768826717
Mahila Adhar Kendra
Mahavir Nagar
Near Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana

SOUTH MUMBAI

Ravindra Natya Mandir

Prabhadevi, Near Siddhivinayak Temple - Pickup & Exhibition on 23rd and 24th Aug 2017.

DELIVERY PICKUP CENTERS

CENTRAL MUMBAI - Only Pickup

GHATKOPAR CENTER

Center 1: Mrs Minal - 9323182638, RATAN Bldg, Opp One Up Show Room, Bhaveshwar Raod, Ghatkopar East, Next to State Bank of India.

Delivery Center of HyperCITY Stores.
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NirmalJyot Eco-Friendly Murthi will be available at the following HyperCity Outlets from 26th July. Delivery Timings 10:00am - 10:00pm
Mumbai - Vashi, Malad - Inborbit, Thane - Viviana , Panvel - Orion.
Book Online & Collect Facility Available at Mumbai Only.

For further inquiry email to Nirmaljyottrust@gmail.com

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Letter of Appreciation and Support from Ministry of Environment, Cabinet minister, Shri Sanjay Deotale

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