Lakshmi-Ganesha in environment-friendly avtaar this Diwali
ALLAHABAD: Sangam city is a step ahead in celebrating Diwali with eco-friendly idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi, made of natural, bio-degradable material like cow dung, lac, coconut shells and jute, clay and natural colours.
In fact, all those who care for the environment are not only booking eco-friendly idols, they are apprising neighbours, relatives and friends of their advantage. With the festival of lights round the corner, citizens are demanding eco-friendly idols not only in urban pockets but on the outskirts as well.
“There are requests for eco-friendly idols,” said a shopkeeper dealing in idols and decorative items at Subhash crossing. He added that not only the elite class, people from neighbouring areas too are showing interest in the new variety and have already placed order.
As go-green is the new mantra, citizens are saying no to idols made of chemical, plaster of Paris, clay, plastic, or thermocol (polystyrene) and opting for ones made of biodegradable material so as not to pollute the surroundings.
Pointing out that it is an easy process to sculpt an eco-friendly idol, local sculptors claim they have been making idols of other gods and goddess like lord Hanuman, Durga and Saraswati too.
These reasonably priced idols, ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 550, are light and sturdy. Officials of the UP Pollution Control Board as well as environmentalists claim they would check environmental pollution to quite an extent. Most of the idols on sale are made attractive using a poisonous combination of lead in paint and plaster of Paris. There are also orders to purchase silver idols of Ganesha and Lakshmi.
“I have not only purchased eco-friendly idols but advised my friends and relatives to go in for them too,” says Ajay Tripathi.
“We should take care of our environment and it’s everybody’s responsibility to protect it and encourage others to do the same,” said class VIII student, Shubham, adding “Children of our school have been apprising people about the importance of eco-friendly idols to people in our area”. In metropolitan cities, people are already aware of eco-friendly idols and time has come for citizens to opt for them in KAVAL towns too, said an official of the UPPCB.