We all are so excited about Ganesh Chaturthi when we bring in Lord Ganesh into our homes! We pray to him and worship him with complete devotion and cheer for the next few days. And, when it’s time for Ganesh Visarjan, our hearts sink and our eyes are filled with tears. But, have you thought about the aftermath of this entire ritual of Ganesh Visarjan?
A day after thousands of idols of Lord Ganesha are immersed in almost all water bodies across the country, their shores provide a very unpleasant sight! Half broken bodies of these idols are piled up around the shores, which are then gathered by a bulldozer and crushed! Why!? Only because people have opted for purchasing the lesser expensive idols made of POP and other materials, rather than those made of natural materials that easily dissolve in water.
It’s time we stop polluting our environment and Mother Earth! There is no harm in celebrating every festival and following its rituals but, we also need to be considerate enough to take care that we do not pollute the environment. MakeMyPuja cares for Mother Earth, which is why we bring to you a list of things you could do this year to help make the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi and Ganesh Visarjan an eco-friendly one.
This year when you go to purchase the idol of Lord Ganesh for your home, make sure to get one that is made of natural materials like paper and unbaked clay. Moreover, opt for smaller idols that are easy to transport, immerse in water and dissolve. Do not opt for large idols only so that you can be the talk of the society or your group of friends. This festival is not about boasting; it’s about merriment, worship and serenity.
Let go off thermocol, plastic and other decoration items that can be hazardous for the environment. Opt for greener options like real flowers, leaves, vines, etc. When these decorative items are immersed in water along with the idol of Lord Ganesha, they will not contaminate the water and destroy aquatic life. In fact, the leaves and flowers may prove to be helpful for marine life. For those items that you want to dispose away, use items that are recyclable.
People are in mood of full joy and merriment during this festival, because of which they forget that they may be harming the living beings around. In the mood of celebration, they raise the volumes of their speakers higher than the affordable decibel, which contributes to noise pollution. We must remember that there may be toddlers, elderly citizens and unwell people around, which can be highly affected by higher volumes.
So, this year make it a point to take care of the environment and every living being around, while enjoying your celebration to the fullest. This year, if you are planning to bring Ganesh Ji to your home, you can do so by adhering to the right rituals and having the perfect Ganpati Puja done by hiring the most professional MakeMyPuja Pujaris. MakeMyPuja cannot help make your Ganesh festival eco-friendly but yes, it can definitely make it ‘pocket-friendly’ for you! :)