Happy Ganesha Chaturthi(गणेश चतुर्थी) to all of you out there. This Hindu festival is celebrated with devotion towards Lord Ganesha. Ganesha Chaturthi also called Vinayaka Chaturthi(Chavithi), it is celebrated as Lord Ganesha’s birthday. I don’t really need to explain anything about this festival as it is celebrated all over India with great joy.
Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated all over India, it is most elaborated in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. In Hyderabad, Khairatabad Vinayaka idol is the greatest attraction. visit their official site Ganapathi Deva. Also in Maharashtra then Pen village is very famous for making of Ganesha idols out of clay.
The bad news about celebrating thid festival is that several local organizations have commercialized this festival. They use cheap materail to make the Vinayaka idols. These idols are immersed into water bodies after the 10 day festival. This immersion is to mark “That which has come from the Earth, should most easily be returned to the earth.” But now-a-days idols are being made of plaster-of-paris. Which when immersed in water doesn’t dissolve easily and also releases toxins into water.
Watch the following video to know more about the making of clay idols and how they are environment friendly.