Loud drums, colourful splashes of Rangoli in the air, enthusiasm & energy in the song & dance of the devotees, this is the fervour of Ganesh Mahotsav in Maharahtra especially Mumbai and Pune. For ten days Lord Ganesha visits and blesses the homes of people who welcome him. On the tenth day when he leaves, the people shout-out to the elephant-headed God to return early the next year. “Ganpati Bappa Morya… Pudchya Varshi Lavkar Ya”.
If you can hear the shouts resonating in your ears then you’ve surely experienced the grand celebration of Ganesh Mahotsav in its truest form. But what saddens the ocean on Visarjan Day are the statues made of plaster-of-Paris polluting it. Moreover, these statues do not completely dissolve and harm the marine life.
So what can you do to enjoy bringing Lord Ganesh home while keeping the ocean safe? Well, you can bring home a Ganesh statue made out of organic material. Did you know, it looks as beautiful as a statue made out of plaster-of-Paris? You can also encourage the pandals in your society to also bring a Ganesh statue made organically. If you have already bought a statue, don’t worry, bring home an organic statue next year. It’s never too late!
What’s more? You can do the immersion of Lord Ganesh in water beds specially installed for the Visarjan Day. That way you don’t have to pollute the sea and can celebrate the festival with gusto.
Now it’s time for some Modaks, loud drums and colourful clothes, we have to bring home Lord Ganesh after all! Zee Marathi Jagruti wishes you a happy Ganesh Chaturthi.