It’s rightly said that “Greatness of every culture can be found in its festivals”. Hindus celebrate many festivals. One among them is Ganesh Chaturthi, which is the most awaited festival of Indians. Ganesha is the supreme God of wisdom and prosperity. Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated for 10 days, every year in the month of August or September on Chauti to mark the birth of Lord Ganesha, popularly called as Vignaharata or Vinayaka. According to the tradition, an idol of Lord Ganesha is brought home with a grand welcome procession which includes dance, singing, and burning of crackers. It’s worshipped for 10 days and on 11th day Ganesh Visarjan (idol immersion in water) is done in nearby Water bodies like lake, river or sea. All the members of the family actively take part in the Visarjan and burn crackers.
Never days the festival’s are becoming more and fancier. In enthusiasm and Splendour of celebrating the festival, we are conveniently forgetting the hazardous impact we are creating on the environment. By burning of crackers and immersion of idols in the water we are formulating dangerous impact which is incurable. Ganesha idols are made using highly corrupt materials like Plaster of Paris and other chemical paints which contains mercury and lead. It takes months for these idols to get decomposed completely. Meanwhile, they continue to poison water bodies. Drinking this water can cause a threat to life. So Leader Sanjay Patil, Somshekar H, Basavaraj, and Biresh Pujeri along with their friends of Siddeshwar Citrakala Mandir College, Vijayapur carried out a wonderful initiative to create awareness among people about eco-friendly Ganesha.
On 29th August, 13 Leaders visited “Vikala Chetanara Punrchetana Kendra, Vijayapur” a special school for specially-abled children. Leaders interacted with the children and helped them to draw eco-friendly Ganesha pictures with impactful slogans. Next day, Leaders marched along with these specially-abled children on the roads. They held slogans in their hand which was written by these specially-abled children to encourage the use of eco-friendly Ganesha this year.
They positioned themselves in the Gandi Chowk and gathered the crowd. Police Officer Sharanagouda addressed the people about the importance of the use of eco-friendly Ganesha. Later students interacted with people and tried to convince them. There was a great positive response from the people and they encouraged the efforts of the leaders.
Handling the specially-abled children was a great challenge to the team. They managed to communicate with them and made them draw the diagrams. The Moto behind this was to reach people more adequately. They proved that determination has no disability. If these children can make efforts then why can’t we?
So let’s take a step towards green earth. Let’s pledge this year that let’s celebrate eco-friendly Ganesha by using mud Ganesha, all-natural decoratives and burn fewer crackers. May the Devin blessings of Lord Ganesha bring more bliss and happiness in your life. Happy Ganesha Chaturthi.
Written By: Vaishnavi N Patil
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