Is God Polluting The Planet Or Are We?


Posted by Sahil Singh on 5 September, 2016

We all love our dearest elephant God- Ganesha a lot. We welcome him in our homes during 'Ganesh Chaturthi', beautifully decorate him & his throne, offer him ladoos and modaks, praise his glory with bhajans and aartis.

The 11 day celebration that honours the son of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati is celebrated with idol worship, music and dancing across India. But when the time comes for him to depart back to his adobe, we are careless and mundane.

We Are Harming The Environment

ganesha-pollution Image Courtesy - Wikimedia Commons.

There is no denying that we love and keep faith on our elephant-headed god Ganesha, but we must equally be concerned about the impact of our actions on the environment. PoP is not a naturally occurring, it's all made up of chemical reactions. Ganesha idols made out of naturally occurring clay (shadu) dissolve within hours of immersion in water.

ganesha-pollution Image Courtesy - Wikimedia Commons.

On the other hand PoP idols may take around several months to years to fully dissolve. Not only this, the chemical paints are which are used to decorate the idols, contains heavy metals such as mercury and lead, which dissolve into the water. We should strongly feel about the unnecessary harm done to our environment while celebrating this joyful festival.

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"Badha Kadam, Ek Nayi Soch Ki Aur. Pavitrata Wahi, Parampara Nayi."
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What Needs To Be Done?

Nayi Soch encourages people to use eco-friendly Ganesha Idols made of clay, paper mache or metal. on the occasion of 'Ganesh Chaturthi'. The objective of the initiative is to uplift people to reduce the use of 'Plaster of Paris'; as synthetic materials contaminate our water resources adversely. We are responsible for the future generations and that is why it's essential to conserve water and other natural creations of almighty.

immersion-ganesha Image Courtesy - Ganesha Visarjan Bucket Challenge (Facebook).

Nayi Soch urges to conduct the immersions at your homes in a water container or a pit filled with water. Later on, you can use this water for your garden or flower pots at home.

'Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with a clay-based idol and protect environment'.