Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival which is one of the most colourful ten day long celebrations. This is an auspicious festival celebrated by everybody with great grandeur, excitement and energy. People spend months to decide and prepare for the decoration and sweets and what not. Across the country, around three months before the Ganesh Chaturthi, stunning clay models of Ganpati are being made by skilled artisans. This year though there was an innovative approach made by this Nerul resident who offered devotees a way of going green by making idols from cow-dung.
An auditor and cow shelter owner, Nilesh Tupe, is selling Ganesh idols made from cow dung, which he sources from gaushalas in Rajasthan. Ganesh idols made from cow dung are absolutely eco friendly.
Devotees offering prayers to Lord Ganesha made of cow dung at Vaikunthapuram Venkateswara Swamy temple at Sangareddy in Medak on Saturday.
Tupe had the thought, “Every year, hundreds of thousands of people immerse Ganpati idols made of Plaster of Paris and other pollutants, harming many water bodies. I want to make people aware of the fact that it is possible to continue the tradition while preserving our environment, something our ancestors did very effectively.” His idea and initiative was praised by many once he took to twitter to announce about his innovative approach. Tupe says that although he has just started the business, he can see its success already.
Moreover, according to Hindu rituals cow dung is the most sacred. Ganesh idols made from cow dung can also be used to control water pollution and enrich water bodies unlike Plaster of Paris Ganeshas. Many of the devotees this year, instead of buying colourful and glittering Ganesha idols that are hazardous to the environment, they brought home eco-friendly idols of the God.
These idols formed from cow-dung are called Gomaya Ganesh or Gau Ganesh, and are available in three sizes: three inches high, at Rs. 150, six inches at Rs. 700 and 18 inches at Rs. 4,500. The smallest size sold the most, largely to families buying idols for their homes. These easily soluble idols are made from the dung of calves younger than two months, because that works best for the desired shape, strength and longevity. Many activists and students from colleges took initiative to spread awareness. The idols made of dung can be immersed at home as well, with the dissolved material serving as manure.
Seems like this year idols made from cow-dung are the new “go green”. Let us know your suggestions in the comments below. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more such posts and you can also download our app to stay updated: Tell Me Nothing.