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Ganesh Idols – Clay or POP

With the rise in global temperatures, it’s important that we think about our planet. Lot of environmentalists are in favour that POP idols should be banned. Every year Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival celebrated with great enthusiasm but little do people know or care about how POP made Ganesh idols impact our environment. Very few people are educated about how clay idols can have a positive impact on our planet.

The thing about why clay Ganesh idols makes sense is that its eco-friendly. Earlier, Ganesh idols were made up of natural elements like mud, clay (banka matti) and grass husk. As generations passed with new materials, natural and organic colours like turmeric were used. But now-a-days idols of non-biodegradable material’s like POP (Plaster of Paris), Thermocol and Plastic are made, which result in environmental pollution. This has a harmful effect on our environment. Also, POP idols don’t dissolve very easily in water. Whereas clay dissolves within a few hours and is good for plant life in the sea.

Making Ganesh idols of clay has been a long practice before the POP came into existence. Its only now that Ganesh idols are being made according to symbol and status.

Here are the benefits of Clay Idols:
• Clay idols will easily dissolve in water, because they are made up of mud, which is environment friendly and will not cause water pollution.

• Idols made up of clay will not use any dyes and colours.

• Clay idols don’t require any artificial decorations and additional steel structures.

• Idols made up of clay come in less height, so it will not cause any electrical accidents during transportation as compared to idols made of POP.

Ganesha Chaturthi is a festival of wisdom, prosperity and auspiciousness. Let us follow tradition and not harm the planet.

Be the change and lets go eco-friendly this Ganesh Chaturthi!

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