As the State gears up for the Ganesh Chaturthi competition, eco-friendly paper Bhagwan Ganesh idol preparation is underway in Mumbai.
Around 18 ft tall eco-friendly paper Bhagwan Ganesh’s idol has been created by the sculptors in the City. These idols are being prepared with the target of avoiding Plaster of Paris (POP) idols.
President of the Elphinstone Ganesh competition organising committee Sanket mentioned, “Since the last 34 years we have been celebrating Bhagwan Ganesh festival and for the last two years we are creating 18 to 19 feet eco-friendly paper idols initiated by Lalbaugcha Raja Ganesh Chaturthi festival organisers. We have used 200 to 250 kgs of paper to create these idols and it takes 3 months to prepare them.”
He additional mentioned that in the final three to four years talks have been occurring relating to the POP ban.
“As there are several restrictions regarding the height of POP idols, the organising committee had taken the decision to use different methods to prepare idols of 18 feet. After research, we came to know that eco-friendly paper idols can be made without compromising on height. Our sculptor agreed to work on it. These idols dissolved within 4 hours,” he added.
The Ganesh Chaturthi competition, which falls in the Bhadrapada month of the Hindu calendar, marks the birthday of Bhagwan Ganesh, son of Shiva and Parvati.
Also generally known as Vinayak Chaturthi or Ganeshotsav, the competition is marked with the set up of Ganesh’s clay idols privately in houses and publicly on elaborate pandals (non permanent stage).
The 10-day competition ends when the idol is carried in a public procession with music and group chanting, then immersed in a close-by physique of water equivalent to a river or sea, known as visarjan on the day of Anant Chaturdashi.
The competition celebrates Ganesh because the God of New Beginnings and the Remover of Obstacles in addition to the god of knowledge and intelligence. This 12 months the Ganesh Chaturthi competition will start on September 19 and can proceed for ten days till September 29.
(with inputs from ANI)