While the clamour for eco-friendly Ganeshas — mostly clay idols — is on, some people are a step ahead of the curve.
Many people have opted for fibreglass and metal Ganpati idols this season, which will be wrapped and returned to their place within the home, once the festival is over.
“We realised that clay idols also needed a paint job once every three years. So, we opted for metal idols, which lasts longer and are easy to clean,” said Bandra resident Ajay Deshpande.
Deshpande’s change of heart happened after he visited his daughter’s school. “We used to have clay idols at home till seven years ago. After visiting the exhibition, I thought we could do something more about the environment,” said Deshpande. He soon brought home a white, metallic Ganesha, and has influenced his relatives and guests to go in for the same.
“White metal makes the idol look as if it’s made of silver. We bought it from the famous Dagdu Sheth Halwai Ganpati Temple in Pune,” he added. The Deshpandes also avoid artificial decoration, decorating the place with flowers instead.
This process is also convenient for the citizens. “It takes up less time and we do not get tired. We immerse the idol at home and then wrap and store it,” said Andheri resident Arun Kulkarni. The Kulkarnis also ensure that they don’t use any new thermocol products. “We use the same decorations every year and just make some small changes,” said Kulkarni.
Deshpande opts for only floral decorations after moving to white metal idols.
“Decorations in our house are done with colourful flowers. We also ensure that the offerings are thrown only in Nirmalya,” said Sanjeev, a Santacruz resident. Sanjeev’s family makes it a point to go up to Nirmalyas, which are collection points set up at immersion points, where all floral offerings are recycled.