Every year, millions of Ganesh idols, small, large and humongous, are drowned in rivers, lakes and seas around the world during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. As part of the ‘Visarjan’, these Ganesh idols make their way to the nearest water bodies where they are then casually thrown into the water. They don’t dissolve immediately though. With time, the paint and other synthetic materials on the idols peel off and start floating around in the water as the air borne contaminants from these chemicals spread far and wide, polluting everything in their wake.
This year is no different, or is it? Enter the Tree Ganesha, an innovative idea by an individual hell bent on celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi in an eco-friendly manner. The individual in question is a sculptor who has created an eco-friendly idol of Ganesh made from red soil and seeds.
The sculptor creates the idol from the red sand. The hollow space inside is filled with soil and a few seeds are pressed into the soil. The Ganesh idol is placed inside the home for the period of its stay. On the day of the Visarjan, it is placed inside a flower pot, and water is poured onto it. After the immersion process is over, the Ganesh idol will slowly dissolve over time and then rise back in the form of a beautiful plant that can grow indoors. Surprised how this occurs? Take a look at the video below!