Sep 8, 2015

Save Environment....Use Eco-Friendly Ganesha Idol

My idea of writing this blogpost is to make readers aware of the benefits of using eco-friendly Ganesha idol.

WHAT IS ECO-FRIENDLY GANESHA IDOL?
A Ganesha Idol made with environment friendly ingredients, such as clay, paper, flowers, and dried straw.

WHY SHOULD WE USE ECO-FRIENDLY GANESHA IDOL?
During Ganesha Chaturthi festival, devotees immerse the idols of Lord Ganesha in rivers and lakes. Idols that are made with synthetic material like POP or fibre can pollute environment when
immersed in lakes, rivers or sea . If an idol is made with natural water soluble material like clay or mud, they are easily melted in water and doesn't pollute our environment. The picture below describe it well as why do we need to opt for eco-friendly Ganehsa idol. The picture below shows the POP idols immersed in water.
Source: thealternative.in
Why do people buy POP or Fibre Ganesha idol for immersion?
One of the reason could be that POP idols are attractive and decorative and give pleasant feeling to eyes. They are painted with lead based synthetic paints. On the other hand, clay idols look simple and non flashy. Hence, people prefer to have decorative Ganesha at home. Other reason could be that lot of people are not aware of the fact that POP idols damage our environment gradually. And third reason could be that clay idols are not easily available in market. You can procure it from a potter or clay sculptor. (We have given a list of Pottery Studio where you can learn or buy clay Ganesha idols)

The day when the devotees realize that immersion of fancy POP idols ruin the most precious gift being given to us by God i.e. Nature, they will switch over to eco-friendly version. I wish we all could understand this basic fact and contribute towards "Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan" in a small way.

Are Clay sculptures/idols durable?
Eco-friendly Clay idols are not fired or baked in kiln. Hence, they are easily melted in water. Clay idols are not as durable as POP. but they are not fragile either. I would say that clay idols are like small babies. If you handle them carefully in your hands, they will keep smiling forever.

Can we paint Clay Ganehsa Idol?
Yes, once the clay is dried it becomes hard. You can use any natural or vegetable colors like multani mitti, raw haldi, geru to paint it. Clay idols are not baked or fired in kiln.

Clay Idols (Wet Stage)
Clay Idols (Dried Stage)
How to make natural colours at home?
I found one interesting link on web to make natural colours at home. You can refer the same..hope you find it useful.
http://parisaraganapati.net/archives/96

Can we do Ganesha Visarjan at home?
People who are not able to go river side to immerse Ganesha, can do visarjan at home. Take a clean bucket and fill it with water. Immerse your idol into it and leave it for few hours. Once the clay is melted , you can water your plants with same.

Can we make Clay Ganesha Sculpture at home?
Yes. All you need is a pack of natural terracotta clay, some water, a toothpick. These days you can procure it online as well. Ideally, with a pack of 1 kg clay, you can make approx 6 inches idol. There are many videos available online. You can follow steps to create a  small idol.

Do I need to be a creative person to make a Clay Ganehsa sculpture?
No, you dont need to be a creative person to make a simple clay sculpture. All you need is love for clay and right instruction. Clay idols can be easily made with hands without the use of mould and machines.

Where can we learn making Clay Ganesha Idol?
You can learn making clay Ganesha idol at any pottery studio. We at Claying Thoughts conduct Ganesha Idol workshop on regular basis. If you want to learn making a Ganesha idol, you can book a workshop on same. We conduct individual as well as group workshop. Some of the pottery studio are listed below that are organizing Ganesha idol making workshop.

Noida
CLAYING THOUGHTS
www.clayingthoughts.blogspot.in
www.facebook.com/Clayingthoughts
Mobile: 9971968689

Bangalore
CLAY STATION
www.claystation.in
info@claystation.in

Mumbai:
CLAY CROSSING
www.facebook.com/claycrossingpottery

(If you are a pottery artist and teach or sell eco-friendly ganesha idol, please write to me at clayingthoughts@gmail.com. I shall include your contact details in the blogpost)

Please note: This article is purely my personal view/opinion and are not meant to harm the feeling or sentiment of any particular person(s). My idea of writing this post is to protect our environment and make people aware of eco-friendly idols.

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to everyone!!
Ganpati Bappa Morya :)