Green cel­e­bra­tions with ‘tree’ Gane­sha

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

While the ecofriendly Gane­sha has al­ready been adopted by many devo­tees over the years, this Ganesh Chaturthi, a few in­no­va­tive res­i­dents have gone a step ahead and opted for Gane­sha idols that are not just eco-friendly but idols with trees that would trans­form into plants.

This is the first year that the res­i­dents of Navi Mum­bai have adopted the unique Ganesh idols that are placed in earthen pots fondly called as ‘tree Gane­sha’ and pu­rify the air around it.

Pad­maja Duvvuri, 40, a res­i­dent of Sea­woods, also bought in a tree Gane­sha with lady’s finger seeds in it.

“I be­long to Andhra Pradesh where we cel­e­brate Ganesh Chaturthi in ev­ery house­hold in an eco-friendly way since child­hood by wor­ship­ping clay idols. This is the same tra­di­tion I have been fol­low­ing in Mum­bai as well for past sev­eral decades. But when I found a Mum­bai artist who in­no­vated the Tree Gane­sha con­cept last year , I im­me­di­ately booked one for my­self for this Ganesh Chaturthi,” she said.

Duvvuri ex­plained that these idols are made en­tirely out of red soil, or­ganic fer­til­iz­ers and seeds, which when wa­tered at the time of im­mer­sion turn into reg­u­lar pot­ted plants.

“The idol then starts melt­ing and the plant starts grow­ing within a few weeks of wa­ter­ing,” she said.

Ra­jani Dee­wan (59), an­other res­i­dent from Vashi learnt mak­ing Tree Gane­sha at a work­shop held in Vashi last week. “We made two kinds of idol at the work­shop one was al­ready formed with shadu clay which we had to colour us­ing nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents haldi, kumkum and the other was to form a shadu clay idol us­ing Tulsi plants to fill in be­tween. It is very in­ter­est­ing and en­vi­ron­ment-friendly to use plant Gane­sha idols,” she said.

An­other res­i­dent in Nerul Ar­chana Shinde, 29, who has been cel­e­brat­ing with shadu clay idols for past five years opted for a pa­per mache Gane­sha this time. “Pa­per mache idols are easy to make. It can eas­ily dis­solved and not harm the en­vi­ron­ment,” said Shinde.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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