“The Earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Berry.
Ganesh Chaturthi is a regional festivity that sees a surge in religious activities. For 11 days, devotees engage in vigorous worship of Lord Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is worshipped for prosperity and knowledge. People bring the idol into their home or commonplace, offer prayers, play devotional music, prepare and distribute sweets like Modak and then eventually immerse the idol into the sea waters, marking the end of the festival.
While this is a glorious event for humans, it is catastrophic for the environment. Most of these idols are made out of materials that aren’t biodegradable. Every year, there’s a dangerous amount of debris that gets washed up at the beaches, thus polluting the environment. Quality of seawater gets tarnished. Sea life also gets affected severely.
The Business Press is proud to spotlight these three brands that create eco-friendly Lord Ganesha idols that will make sure you celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi while protecting the environment.
Deepika Gupta founded and launched Clay Events on 14th November, 2010. Clay Events is a flourishing event management firm, and hosts various types of events for all age groups across Mumbai.
For Ganesh Chaturthi, Clay Events has two options:
Make Your Ganesha –
For the last 8 years, Clay Events have been actively curating and executing their workshop “Make and Plant your Ganesha” all across India. With the help of their trained team, more than 5000 participants have created, worshiped, and then turned their Ganesha into a plant. The whole essence of Make your Ganesha is to create the idol with your own hands and feel One with the Almighty.
A feeling of pure bliss and happiness. One does not require experience to create these idols, one just needs to have the intention to create it! The team has been trained to help all the participants to enjoy the process and craft their beautiful idols. Make Your Ganesha idol turns into a hibiscus plant on immersion – in a flower pot. So Bappa literally blooms in your garden blessing your family and loved ones.
Ready-made Idol –
This is for people who want to be a part of this joyful celebration, but don’t want to make their own idols. Ready-made idols are also eco-friendly, so Visarjan can be done in a bucket of water, post which this water will be safe to water plants.
Clay Events deliver their Ganesha Kits throughout the country. All orders apart from Mumbai will be locked on 3rd September, 2021 and people residing in Mumbai can place orders until 7th September, 2021.
In the next 5 years, Clay Events intend to create more awareness about eco-friendly, sustainable ways of celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi throughout the world.
To know more visit – https://clayevents.in/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/clay_events/?hl=en
Facebook – https://m.facebook.com/ClayEvents/
You can also connect with them on +91 9833744764
Gowtham Krishna Tadala founded Treekart in 2019. They sell plants online. Their mission is to have plants in every urban household.
By partnering with their business friends at Plant A Plant, Treekart brought the eco-friendly initiative to their platform and encouraged the idea of PlantGanesh.
PlantGanesh is a unique concept designed to promote eco-friendly natural clay idols by converting them into plants after the Visarjan. Ganesha idol is made of natural clay, organic fertilizer, no artificial color, and with vegetable seeds. This unique concept is designed to grow into a plant after immersion.
PlantGanesh is a ready to use kit. There’s no need to sow the seeds after melting the idol. They are organic, healthy soil mix, and chemical-free indigenous seeds with high germination capacity.
To know how will PlantGanesh grow see this video: https://youtu.be/Zv-fn7yxsoU
Features of the PlantGanesh 2021 idol:
- 7 inch pure clay Ganesh idol.
- 5 inch high quality Recyclable self watering plastic pot.
- Healthy soil mix with Cocopeat and Vermicompost.
- Vegetable seeds. (Tomato/Brinjal/Bhindi/Mirchi/Any other vegetable seeds as per availability, they are randomly distributed across all idols)
- Extra care packaging.
It is currently offered in 3 avatars:
- Plant Ganesh Mini(With Terracota pot)
- Plant Ganesh Classic(With recyclable premium plastic pot)
- Plant Ganesh Premium(With recyclable premium self watering plastic pot)
Treekart currently delivers plants only in Hyderabad, but they will be shipping PlantGanesh idols all over India. Treekart is not just an e-commerce website, it is an end-to-end solution for all gardening enthusiasts.
In the next 5 years, they aim to make the world a better place by promoting the idea of having houseplants in your home, and by finding new ways to make Ganesh Chaturthi a more wholesome experience for everybody.
The last day to book the PlantGanesh idol is September 5, 2021.
To know more visit – https://www.treekart.com/ or www.plantganesh.com
Instagram – www.instagram.com/treekart
Facebook – www.facebook.com/treekart
Twitter – www.twitter.com/treekart
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/c/Treekart/
Artist Shreehari Bhosle founded Morya Arts in May, 2020 under the parent company RK Arts. He is a very reputed sculptor and a painter for the last 20 years. He’s a true devotee, and has been celebrating this festival every year. He believes there must be PURITY within an artist to make Lord Ganesha idols.
Most artists use Plaster of Paris to make the idols. He realised that the value of soil is disappearing and people are deviating from the concept of nature and the dedication of worship. People started looking for products that are lightweight and have different design variations, which is easily possible with Plaster of Paris – but it is very harmful towards nature. During this lockdown, he thought about connecting nature and the celebration of the festival with PURITY without harming nature.
All Ganesha idols are made HANDMADE from 100% natural products which are also BIO-DEGRADABLE.
Check out the making of eco-friendly Ganesha from Red Soil by Artist Shreehari Bhosle – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccwY_GCrW1k
This year Morya Arts provides eco-friendly Lord Ganesha idols in 7 different avatars! and 2 options
1 . Eco Friendly Murti with 2 plants, a Pot filled with Red Soil and Cocopeat.
2 . Full Eco Set which also includes the accessories, Puja Thali Set and Modak Money Bank.
These biodegradable Red Soil Ganesha Sculptures melt easily when they’re dipped or soaked in water. Home Visarjan is recommended. The base of the Ganesha Idol is made using biodegradable Red Soil, Cocopeat and 2 plants, so that home-based plants can be grown after Visarjan.
Even the accessories are made using biodegradable Red Soil and other eco-friendly materials. The Puja Thali Set contains a Diya and Agarbatti stand and a Modak Shaped Money Bank.
The last day to book the idol is September 7, 2021.
Artist Shreehari Bhosle is a renowned artist based in Mumbai; The sculptor for the 25 feet Kalaghoda Black Horse installed at Fort, Mumbai. He also intends to teach everything he has learned. In the next 5 years, Morya Arts hopes that everyone would adopt eco-friendly practices for this festival.
To know more visit – www.artistshreehari.com
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/artistshreehari/
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