When celebrating and performing pujas and rituals on Ganesh Chaturthi or Vinayaka Chaturthi, please make sure that you buy Ecofriendly Natural Clay Ganesha. Hinduism and Nature are so entwined that one cannot be separated from another. Ganesha itself is a classic example of the role of Nature in Hindu religion. But still we Hindus do little to stop pollution. At least we can stop creating more pollution in the name of Ganesha by only buying natural clay Ganesh idol and natural items for Ganesha Puja.
The glossy Plaster of Paris Ganesh idols with chemical paint is good to look at but when it is immersed (Ganesh Visarjan) in water it creates water pollution. Plaster of Paris Ganesh idols take months to dissolve in water and it becomes a breeding ground for harmful germs. The chemical paints used to decorate the Ganesh idols contain heavy metals such as mercury and lead and this enters the water and this very same water is used by humans. The environmental pollution caused by Ganesh Chaturthi Puja is constantly increasing and this is a shame for Hinduism which derives inspiration from Nature.
There are numerous organizations that are making natural clay Ganesh idols. eCoexist, a social enterprise located in Pune, distributes Natural clay Ganesh idols in Mumbai and Pune. Various shapes and types of Natural Clay
Ganesh idols are available at eCoexist and it can be found here.
You can also find the list of shops in Mumbai and Pune that are selling eCoexist natural clay Ganesh idols here.
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