As the nation gears up for Ganesh Chaturthi, people have found ways to showcase Lord Ganesha in a variety of unique ways. One such unique Ganesha idol has been made in Bengaluru.
The 30-feet tall idol is made from 9000 coconuts and has been installed near the Puttengally Ganesha temple this year. The idol is eco-friendly and has been shaped over 20 days by over 70 devotees. Interestingly, apart from coconut, more than 20 types of vegetables have been used to make the idol.
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Bengaluru based Satya Ganapathi Shirdi Sai Trust has installed 30 ft Ganesha with 9,000 coconuts & 3,000 tender coconuts.
According to Mohan Raju, a devotee, it is an annual tradition in the temple to make the Ganpati idol out of materials that can be utilized again. Last year's idol was made from sugarcane.
"Along with Ganesha idol, one ton of halva will be prepared by chefs who are called specially for this purpose. Ganesh idol will be removed after 5 days and all coconuts and vegetables will be distributed along with halva to devotees" says Raju while talking to ANI.
This is not the only way that the country has taken up to make eco-friendly Ganesha idols for the festival. Devotees have also made ‘Tree-Ganeshas’ that are made of mud and seeds and are expected to grow into trees after immersion.
People and small businesses have used paper mache, clay and natural glue to enhance the spirit of the festival by also keeping in mind the environmental responsibilities Paper Ganeshas are lightweight idols and are therefore preferred over the clay ones.
Ganesh Chaturthi, which begins on September 2, is a 10-day festival which commences on the fourth day of Bhadrapada month in the Hindu lunar calendar. It is a festival that brings various parts of the country together and is celebrated with high enthusiasm and vigour.
(With inputs from ANI)