Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most vibrating festivals of Hindus. This is a 10 days festival. These 10 days are full of devotion to Lord Ganesh. The devotees being the idol of Ganapati at their home and prepare a small accommodation for their Lord. This accommodation is also known as pandal. The Ganapati’s idol sitting at the pandals looks so beautiful that you don’t want to take your eyes off from him.
Immerse the idol of Ganapati’s into water is the last ritual of this festival. The devotees with the idol of their God go towards the river or sea. They celebrate this journey of Lord Ganesh by dancing and playing with gulal. But what happens after that?
You may have seen many photos of the seashores after the immigration of the idol of Lord Ganesh in the sea. Once the idol was situated at pandal is laying on the seashore. This scene is so pathetic and it hurts me not only as a devotee of Lord Ganesh but as a citizen too. Isn’t our responsibility to bid a respectful goodbye to our Lord who brings happiness to our home with his arrival and takes all our problem with him while going? Isn’t the responsibility of having clean seashores or roads lies on our shoulders as well?
When you will think about these problems you will get only one solution and that is the eco-friendly way of celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi. Here we will share some of the eco-friendly ideas of the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi.
The Eco-friendly Ganesh
Most of the idols of Ganapati are huge and painted in bright colors. When we look at them, we keep on appreciating the beauty of idol and the hard work of the artist. But wait, do we notice that the bright colors of these idols are full of chemicals and very dangerous for many species live in the sea. So to have an eco-friendly Ganapati Utsav pick an eco-friendly idol of Ganesh Ji. You can prepare the idol of your god at home as well with the help of Red soil or Multani mitti. In fact, many options of the eco-friendly idol of Ganesh are available in markets as well. You can click here to explore the options of eco-friendly Ganesha.
Noise-free Ganesh Pooja
When we talk about the eco-friendly celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi we often talk about the idols should be eco-friendly but what about the noise? Many people play the bhajans on loudspeakers at the pandals. This noise not only affects our ear badly and it snatches the sleep of birds too that live on the trees around us. While celebrating any festival we need to take more care about the others but we do reverse. Doing bhajans and kirtans is good during festivals and it would sound better if you will follow the traditional way of remembering your idol by singing bhajans for him on the traditional musical instrument. This act will give you peace and loudspeakers will take your peace. Now, the choice is yours.
The natural Rangoli
Rangoli is a part of our tradition. We decorate our home with rangoli at every festival. But instead of artificial colors if we make rangoli with the natural colors that would be a great offering to our Lord. When we will decorate the pandal of Ganesh with all the things made by him (the God), then don’t you think he will be happy to see our creativity? I decorated my home with a rangoli of colored rice. Now it’s your turn to show him some of your creativity.
Artificial immersion tanks
You can have an artificial immersion tank at your society where everyone from your society can immerse the idol of their Ganesha. This act will save the water of a river or ponds from the pollution.
Lord Ganesha is called Vighanharta means the one who takes away all the difficulties so on his festival why should we create difficulties for nature which is again its creation.
So this year celebrate the Ganesh Chaturthi with full of fun, devotion, and eco-friendliness. Ganpati Bappa Morya!