Fri, May 26, 2017 | updated 01:00 PM IST

Artists turn focus on eco-friendly idols ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi

Updated: Sep 01, 2016 08:18 IST      
Artists turn focus on eco-friendly idols ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi

Mumbai/Coimbatore [India], Sept.1 (ANI): In a bid to sustain ecological health, artists in some parts of the country have prepared eco-friendly religious idols this year ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi, the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesh.

A group of differently-abled women and children in western Mumbai under the aegis of Om Creations Trust is one such collective.

Carrying forward the fast-diminishing practice of making idols out of clay, about 60 members of the organisation are presently working on producing 75 Ganesh idols for the festival on September 5.

The trust provides skills training to differently-abled people, who keep producing occasion-specific material, including baked eatables.

"We have to give proper training to these children. Only after that, they are able to prepare Lord Ganesha idols, which have been made out of clay and painted with water colors to make them eco-friendly," said Denis Cardoz, manager of Om Creations Trust.

In his monthly radio address in August, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to use idols made of clay in the upcoming Ganesh Chaturthi and Durga Puja festivals.

"As Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on 'Mann Ki Baat', we should prepare eco-friendly idols so that there we don't harm nature. That's why we have prepared these as when we will immerse these idols in the sea, these will easily dissolve," said Neha Pradhan, one of the artists.

Clay, traditionally used for making idols, has gradually been replaced by items like Plaster of Paris, which make for stronger and easily-maintainable idols, but also harm the environment.

Saravana in Coimbatore city is another artist who has continued the old practice.

"When idols of Plaster of Paris started being prepared, lots of people were against it. Now there is a call for eco-friendly idols, thus we have decided to make paper-mache idols, which easily dissolve in water. We have made around 1,000 idols and people are buying them," he said.

According to tradition, thousands of idols are immersed in water across India every year after religious rituals. Idols made of POP take months to dissolve, thus causing severe harm to the environment.

Acrylic colours used to paint idols have also become a cause of concern as they contain harmful chemicals like lead, cadmium and chromium, which are carcinogenic. (ANI)

New Delhi [India] May 26 (ANI): On the occasion of completion of three years in power by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government today, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is counting its positive points whereas the Congress is trying to surround the saffron party on its false promises.

Full Story >>

SC refuses urgent hearing in Saharanpur violence incident

Updated: May 26, 2017 12:42 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday refused to give an urgent hearing on the plea filed seeking an inquiry into the Saharanpur violence incident.

Full Story >>

Rahul Gandhi to visit Saharanpur tomorrow

Updated: May 26, 2017 12:36 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi will visit Saharanpur tomorrow to take stock of the prevailing situation, where a caste conflict had erupted in April and many Dalits were allegedly targeted.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): With the completion of three years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi Government in power at the Centre, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday took to micro-blogging site twitter and on behalf of Uttar Pradesh, heartily congratulated the former for fulfilling his commitment to the public.

Full Story >>

Atal Pension Yojana reaches 53 lakh subscribers' base

Updated: May 26, 2017 12:19 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): The subscribers base under the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) has reached about 53 lakh.

Full Story >>

72 hours on, wreckage of missing Sukhoi-30 found

Updated: May 26, 2017 12:05 IST     

Tezpur [India], May. 26 (ANI): After four days of massive search operations, the wreckage of the missing Indian Air Force's (IAF) Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft has been spotted.

Full Story >>

Indian Youth Congress to stage protest near BJP HQ

Updated: May 26, 2017 11:49 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): Activists of the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) will stage a protest outside the headquarters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here this evening.

Full Story >>

UP a big state, trying our best to make it safe: BJP

Updated: May 26, 2017 11:46 IST     

Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh), May 26 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh minister Suresh Khanna on Friday averred that the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) is leaving no stone unturned is providing a safe environment to its people.

Full Story >>

Wanted criminal nabbed from Delhi

Updated: May 26, 2017 11:46 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): The Delhi Special Staff have arrested a wanted criminal who was carrying a reward of 25, 000 on his head in South Delhi.

Full Story >>

New Delhi, May 26 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement on Friday in which it said that Prime Minister Narendra held bilateral meetings with the visiting leaders of the Africa nations of Benin; Senegal and Cote d'Ivoire on the sidelines of 52nd annual meeting of the African Development Bank in Gandhinagar on May 23.

Full Story >>

PM Modi inaugurates Dhola-Sadiya Bridge

Updated: May 26, 2017 11:10 IST     

Dhola/Tinsukia (Assam) [India], May 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge, the nation's longest bridge that straddles the River Brahmaputra, on Friday.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): Progress of new urban missions launched during the last three years in Chhattisgarh will be reviewed by Urban Development and Housing Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu in a high level meeting in Raipur today.

Full Story >>

Bahadurgarh (Haryana) [India], May 26 (ANI): The Police on Thursday arrested a Pakistani national camouflaging himself as an Indian from Bahadurgarh area of Haryana's Jhajjar district.

Full Story >>

Grace marks row: CBSE to not move SC against HC order

Updated: May 26, 2017 10:51 IST     

New Delhi [India], May. 26 (ANI): In a major relief to students, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will not move the Supreme Court to challenge the Delhi High Court instructions stating that evaluation for the class 10 and 12 board exams this year should be done as per the grace marks policy.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): Condemning the horrific incident in Noida, where four women were raped while another family member was killed, the Congress on Friday asserted that only officials have been changed in the recent massive administrative reshuffle in Uttar Pradesh, but the change that was truly needed has not come yet.

Full Story >>

PM Modi in Assam to inaugurate key infra projects

Updated: May 26, 2017 10:37 IST     

Tinsukia (Assam) [India], May 26 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Dibrugarh on Friday to inaugurate Dhola-Sadiya Bridge in Assam's Tinsukia district, the nation's longest bridge, besides other projects.

Full Story >>

Last 3 years have transformed people's lives: PM Modi

Updated: May 26, 2017 10:22 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): On the occasion of completion of three years of the National Democratic Alliance's ( NDA) government at the Center, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said these years have seen concrete steps that have transformed people's lives.

Full Story >>

HP: Two-day session to pass GST begins today

Updated: May 26, 2017 10:00 IST     

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], May 26 (ANI): Deliberations on the passage of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill will be taken up at the special session of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly, slated to begin today.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): The Rajasthan Police has assured that legal action was taken by the local cops at the time when Sikh men were allegedly beaten up by local residents of Chainpura in Ajmer district.

Full Story >>

3 years of Modi united India, unleashed its potential: Naidu

Updated: May 26, 2017 09:45 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 26 (ANI): Asserting that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government in its three years of its tenure unleashed the true potential of the nation, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said that in this incumbent tenure of the Bharatiya Janata Party, India is riding high towards development more than ever.

Full Story >>