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BMC for eco-friendly Ganpati festival

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has come out in support of an awareness campaign about eco-friendly Ganpati idols in the city.

On Saturday, Sunil Prabhu, mayor of Mumbai, said that citizens should use more eco-friendly Ganpati idols so that marine life is protected. “Citizens should celebrate the festival in an eco-friendly way,” said Prabhu, speaking after inaugurating an exhibition of eco-friendly Ganpati idols in the civic headquarters at CST. “Idols made up of clay and papier mache dissolve in water as soon as it is immersed, which makes it the best option when conserving and protecting the environment is taken into account”.

Nirmal Jyot trust, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), Shaadu Murtikar Sangathana, Siddhivinayak Temple Trust and BMC have jointly started the awareness campaign across the city and have lined up several exhibitions in places including ward offices and Mantralaya. “The purpose of such exhibitions is to convey to people the real essence of religion and festivals. Along with the clay idols, we are also creating awareness about artificial ponds,” explained Alka Shah from Nirmal Jyot trust. Shah has requested the civic authorities to help them build an artificial pond in Lokhandwala, Andheri – West.

Dr Kishore Kshirsagar, deputy municipal commissioner and in- charge of Ganpati festival arrangement in the city said, “We want people to follow eco-friendly ways to celebrate the festival. We have started a campaign which urges people to not use plastic or thermocol material for decoration since these are harmful to the environment when disposed”.

Sandeep Gajakosh, from Prathmesh eco-friendly Ganapati workshop, said that people have started realising that the environment should be preserved. He added that last year he had prepared only 50 idols using papier mache. This year, he made 150 such idols using paper, white ink and gum. “Last year was just an experiment with the 50 idols. But today people are actually changing their mindset”, said Sandeep.

Published: Sunday, Sep 2, 2012, 8:00 IST | Updated: Saturday, Sep 1, 2012, 23:27 IST
By Geeta Desai | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
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Conch-shaped Ganesh big hit in Sambalpur

A gigantic Ganesh idol made of 2.5 lakh sea shells is the cynosure of all eyes in the week-long puja in Sambalpur, which began here on Wednesday.

In a month-long effort, members of Natraj Club of Sambalpur’s Khetrajpur fashioned the unique idol out of sea shells procured from Puri and Rameswaram.

“It was not easy to procure such a huge quantity of sea shells. We contacted several people and finally we procured it from Puri and Rameswaram. The idol has been prepared in the shape of seven conchs,” said senior member of the club Gopal Pansari.

According to him, they never engage any artists or decorators to prepare the idol, the club members do everything themselves. In previous years, the club has made attractive Ganesh idols out of coconuts, bananas, roses and laddus.

“We have been celebrating Ganesh puja since the past 40 years. Since 1995 we have been making Ganesh idols out of unusual materials. Our idols are unique as we make them out of only one kind of material at a time. Till date we have successfully prepared Ganesh Idols with bananas, laddu, injection syringes, flowers, rudrakhyas and coconuts. Our puja is always a major crowd puller,” said Natraj Club president Sib Kumar Rathi on Thursday.

Ganesh puja is special for the people of western Orissa as it follows the famous Nuakhai festival the next day.

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Eco-friendly Lord Ganesha surrounded by 1111 coconuts in Mumbai

Keeping up with the tradition of its innovative concepts, Konkan Railway is celebrating an Eco-Friendly Ganesh Festival this year at its Konkan Rail Vihar, Nerul.

The Ganesh Idol has been installed inside a single huge coconut embedded with 1111 coconuts supported by bamboos, coir and jute without using any artificial plastic or thermocol decoration. This adds a natural beauty to the Ganesh Idol which makes it very special and eco-friendly. In addition to inculcating this theme into the minds of young and upcoming children at Konkan Rail Vihar.

It has also organized various events and competitions such as bhajans, devotional songs, speech competitions, dance and open religious antakshari, making of Ganpati idol competition, open quiz on devotional theme, skit & religious fancy dress competition so that the children of Konkan Railway can grow into better citizens of tomorrow thereby taking forward the hierarchy of our rich and religious Indian Culture. This Eco-friendly decoration as well as various religious competitions will be a great feast to the eyes of the Navi Mumbaikars.

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Mayor Sunil Prabhu immersing his own Ganesh murti in an artificial pond by setting an example for others to follow

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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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