Lord Ganesha: Patron of education, intelligence, learning, and wisdom!

BHOPAL (MAHAMEDIA) Ganesh Chaturthi, like most of India’s glorious festivals, is celebrated with much fervor in many parts of the country.  Lord Ganesha is believed to be the supreme ruler of knowledge, with the whole universal intelligence inherent within him. He embodies pure consciousness that is infused within all elements, personifying phenomenal qualities and encapsulated in a majestic form. We pay close attention to Ganesha’s tales scripted in Hindu mythology; he is a patron of education, intelligence, learning, art, scribes and wisdom.

The celebration of Ganesh chaturthi is continue for five, seven or ten days. The clay models of Lord Ganesha are made by artist are available in the markets. It all begins with choosing the right idol. An overwhelming majority of Ganesha idols are made from materials that are simply harmful for the environment. It would be wise to consider a more eco-friendly idol. We could buy an organic/eco-friendly idol rather than the more readily available, mass-made idols, which can also be needlessly expensive.

Ganpati idols made from cow dung are also available in the markets. The specialty of these cow dung made Ganesha idols is that when they are immersed in water bodies, they produce oxygen and manure and serve as a food for marine life rather than harming them like conventional idols made from Plaster of Paris (PoP) which contains calcium sulfate hemihydrate, a substance that takes several years to fully dissolve in water.
Moreover, idols made using PoP reduce oxygen levels in the water and can kill the fishes and other aquatic animals. The end result is a huge amount of water pollution which then gets mixed with other types of waste, thereby poisoning water sources for several and several years.
The point of a festival is to communicate its essence and spirit. Why not consider therefore, a more symbolic immersion? It can simply be done in a tub or bucket at home. By adopting this method, we can explain the symbolism while preventing harm to our invaluable water resources. With each passing season, the adverse environmental effects of idol immersion on water bodies and the ecology of surrounding areas are worsening at an alarming rate. This year should be different. Follow social distancing and administration's guidelines while participating in celebration.  

- Prabhakar Purandare

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