Ganesh Chaturthi one festival that is widely celebrated around the country. Although it is known for immersing lord Ganesha’s idol in a water body, the practice has become a threat to the environment. Recently, singer Vishal Dadlani tweeted about the environmental hazards caused by doing visarjan on a water body.
He wrote, “India, don’t immerse Ganpati in the ocean or natural water-bodies. Can’t bear to see half-dissolved idols all over again. Treat Ganesha & Nature with the respect they deserve. Use natural, soluble idols & immerse at home/in tanks built for this. Pl. don’t let this happen again.”
Many devotees do live near a water body and so are unable to do visarjan. Although one might find it disappointing, it is actually a way of choosing a healthier environmental decision. Several Ganesha idols which are made of materials like plaster of Paris are immersed in large water bodies that give off harmful chemicals which threated aqua life and waste clean water.
Though people should take a pledge of going eco-friendly this year if you do immerse idols in a water body, devotees who do not stay near can do this…
While the festival is about chanting Ganpati Bappa Morya and 10 long days of celebrations, several people have to celebrate the festival using clay idols and immersing it in buckets of water at home.
The music of dhols, all the happy faces coloured with gulaal and people dancing to the tunes of ‘Ganpati Bappa Moreya’. Ganesh Utsav is the festival of joy and devotion which binds all our country together. Devotees all across the country were eagerly waiting for this auspicious day since a long time and the time is finally here.
Bappa has finally arrived to all the homes today. Not only at homes, the modern day bappa is now ruling the virtual world too! Offering prayers at a temple is one of the most common things we do but have you ever thought of texting lord Ganesh on your phones? Chintaman Ganesha temple in Juni, Indore, offers a novel service to devotees who cannot make it to the temple personally. Devotees who are based at far off places and wish to pray to Lord Ganesha call up the priests at the temple on their mobile phone. The priests in turn put the mobile handset close to the God’s ears even as the devotee offers prayers over the phone. On Ganesh Chaturthi day, as thousands of local devotees throng the temple, there are hundreds more based abroad who wish to offer prayers, too, at the temple to seek blessings. This is how the tradition seems to have started.
Isn’t it a really cool thing for the modern era? Even the tech giant twitter has paid a special tribute and joined the bappa fever. Twitter has launched a special Lord Ganesha Twitter emoji that Indians can Tweet to welcome the much-loved god home on Monday, 5th September. When people Tweet using #GaneshChaturthi, #HappyGaneshChaturthi, #Ganeshotsav, #गणेशचतुर्थी, #गणेशोत्सव, a Lord Ganesha emoji will be activated next to the hashtag. The emoji has gone live since September 4 and will be active until the last day of celebrations. This little effort by twitter is big enough to make us smile and enjoy the grand welcome of Bappa in an even better way.