What is the Environmental Impact of Ganesh Chaturthi?

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most awaited festivals of the year for Hindus. It is celebrated with utmost devotion, happiness, and excitement. Right from decorating the home, preparing a variety of delicious food items to bringing home the divine Lord Ganesha idol and performing the visarjan ceremony everything is filled with joy and happiness.

However, the Ganesh Chaturthi is among those festivals that have the greatest impact on the environment. The Ganesh Chaturthi festival impacts the environment in many ways, hence makes it necessary to celebrate the festival in an eco-friendly manner by bringing eco friendly Ganesh murti.

Here's how the festival impacts the environment;

 

The Idol:

Today the Ganesha idols that are being sold in the market are made of plaster of paris(POP) and many other chemicals which harm the environment adversely. The plaster of paris contains harmful chemicals such as magnesium and sulphur, phosphorus, and gypsum. These are extremely harmful to the environment.

Colours:

To make the idols look more attractive and vibrant synthetic colours are used on these idols. The colours contain toxic chemicals such as mercury, cadmium, arsenic, lead, and carbon. When the Ganesha idol is immersed in water bodies, it contaminates the water, and the chemicals are so powerful that they can kill the fishes and other water-living beings. Such water is harmful to human beings as well. Polluted water can damage the nervous system, digestive system, and so on.

Crackers:

The Ganesh Chaturthi festival is celebrated in a very grand way in India. Right from bringing home the Ganesha idol to the time, it is immersed in the water bodies, the devotees and other people burst crackers on a large scale. Millions of crackers are burst every year for more than 3 to 21 days. This causes maximum air pollution as well as noise pollution, causing discomfort to the animals and the protective ozone layer.

Ganesh Chaturthi pooja items:

For the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration, people bring a wide range of Puja items and decorative items. Today in the market, there are beautifully decorative and puja items, but they are made from non-biodegradable items and are not environmentally friendly. Most of the items are made from harmful materials such as plastics, polythene bags, non-biodegradable foam cutouts. In addition, the metal polishes on the puja items and other decorative things act as pollutants.

Pooja offering and prasad serving plates:

The Puja ceremony of Ganesh Chaturthi is performed by offering a wide variety of dishes and snacks to Lord Ganesha. Everyday people offer a range of food items and share them with neighbours, friends, and family as prasadam. To do so, people use plastic disposable cups, plates, and bowls. These are the most dangerous items that never get degraded and can harm the environment adversely. These items take ages to degrade.

These are some of the harmful impacts on the environment, and the festival has to be celebrated in a responsible manner. From picking the right idol to performing the visarjan ceremony, individuals have to take responsibility for these aspects. The best way to mitigate these impacts on the environment is by choosing eco friendly Ganesh Murti, using naturally available leaves and flowers to decorate the Puja setup, performing the visarjan of Lord Ganesha idol in a bucket instead of natural water bodies.

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