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Eco-friendly Celebrations: Karnataka Government says ‘No’ to Plaster of Paris and ‘Yes’ to Clay-based Idols for Ganesh Chaturthi

The initiation of this rule was done in the village of Hullolhutti three years ago by the chairman of the Karnataka State Temperance Board, Mr. Sachidananda Hegde

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Lord Ganesha, Ganpati Bappa
Lord Ganesha, popularly known as Ganpati Bappa is a prominent god in Hindu mythology. Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated to honour Hindu Lord Ganesha. Wikimedia
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Karnataka, Sept 08, 2016: Amidst the sparkling and glittering celebrations of the most awaited Ganesh Chaturthi, the government of Karnataka has zeroed in on a rule in order to protect the environment and maintain the decorum and decency of the society.

The rule states the ban on idols made out of Plaster of Paris and also the prohibition of alcohol consumption for ten days during the festival, in the state. The rule though was declared this year itself, but due to the unawareness of the public, they were relaxed for the current year but will be strictly imposed from the very next year.

The initiation of this rule started three years ago on the villagers of Hullolhatti of Hukkeri taluk, by the chairman of the Karnataka State Temperance Board, Mr. Sachidananda Hegde. In an overwhelming wave of surprise, the proposal was humbly welcomed by the people of Karnataka that portray their sensitivity and accountability towards environmental issues.

To bring this into effect and in the fight against pollution, there exists a family of the Badigers, who in order to play their part for the development of this festival in a more effective and eco-friendly manner has started the production of clay-based idols of Lord Ganesha, reported the Hindu.

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This year in 2016, but for an aberration wherein two families brought PoP idols from outside the village, remaining 398 Hindu families observing the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations have installed clay idols. Not just that, even the 12 Ganesh Mandals have installed clay idols, which set a welcome example for others to emulate, mentioned The Hindu reports.

Lastly, the households and the pandals have also astoundingly agreed to not play any obscene Bollywood music during these ten days but rather keep the entertainment quotient high through playing devotional songs only.

 

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It is indeed truly inspiring for the entire nation to witness such shining instances of such esteemed social responsibility. The combined effects of the insightful government and the responsible citizens, this power-house festival is surely set to be beautified with the colors of decency and environment-friendly elements.

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  • Jagpreet Kaur Sandhu

    Perfect move by government too!this doubles the celebration knowing your not affecting nature.

  • Ayushi Gaur

    Great initiative which should be followed by the entire nation with a firm law

  • Antara

    Protection of Nature above all! A great step taken by the Government.

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Celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi with Over Loaded Zeal and Vigor at Delhi Haat

Most awaited 10-days long Ganesh Utsav has started today. Enjoy a wide variety of Modak during this Ganesh Chaturthi.

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Lord Ganesha's idol on Ganesh Chaturthi
Lord Ganesha's idol on Ganesh Chaturthi. Wikimedia.
  • Time to welcome Lord Ganesha in our homes has arrived.
  • Celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi with lots and lots of Modaks.
  • Visit Delhi Haat, INA to enjoy this Ganesh Chaturthi with pomp and gaiety.

New Delhi, August 25, 2017: Celebrate this Ganesh Chaturthi with over loaded zeal and vigor at Delhi Haat, INA, as Delhi Tourism in collaboration with M/S Sarvajanik Utsav Samiti is organizing the year’s most awaited 10-days long Ganesh Utsav here, from August 25 to September 4, 2017.

Ganesh Chaturthi is also known as Ganesha Utsav or Vinayak Chaturthi. Lord Ganesha is considered as the lord of prosperity. He is considered as the one removes all the obstacles and brings in the fortune.

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most sacred and auspicious festivals in Indian culture. This fervor festival commences on the birth anniversary of elephant god of India during the Bhadrapada month of Hindu calendar. It is commemorated by installing Lord Ganesha’s idol at homes or public pandals.

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A pandal for Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Pixabay

With high festive spirits in their heart, people embellish pandals with colorful flowers and dazzling lights. The music system is also installed to play bhajans and aartis. A traditional ambiance is created by devotees in the pandal.

During the 10-days long Ganesha Utsav, morning and evening prayers are offered to the deity. Vedic hymns and Hindu texts are chanted. The Indian sweet dumpling also called modak, is what everybody waits for. It is the main attraction of this festive season. It is considered as the Lord Ganesha’s favorite sweet. After offering the modak to Lord Ganesha, it is distributed among the people as prasadam. At various places, Langars(community meal) is also organized for the devotees. Others sweets and savories such as karanji, Kheer, Puran Polis etc., also adds more sweetness in this festive season.

Lord Ganesha's favourite sweet "MODAK"
Lord Ganesha’s favorite sweet “MODAK”. Wikimedia

Various pandals, also set up tableaux (jhanki) of Lord Ganesha. These tableaux represent some events from the Lord Ganesha’s life. At some places, children and even adults dress up in Lord Ganesha costume to become a part of these tableaux.

At Delhi Haat, INA, a temporary pandal for Lord Ganesha has been setup. Morning and evening prayers are also performed. You can also enjoy the other events in Delhi Haat, INA. Every evening during this festive season, Delhi Haat, INA, will organize cultural shows and performances by the artists of various genres.

“Delhi Haat offers tantalizing glimpses of the vast storehouse of the Indian Culture by holding regional festivals at its open air theatre”, mentioned Delhi Tourism report.

This is a great place to tempt your taste buds with all sorts of dishes. You can relish yourself with these wide variety food stalls in Delhi Haat.

Do visit Delhi Haat, INA to enjoy this Ganesh Chaturthi to the fullest.

How to reach Delhi Haat, INA:
Address: Delhi Haat, West Kidwai Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110023                               Nearest Metro station: INA                                                                                       Click on this link to get the exact location on Google maps.

https://www.google.co.in/maps/place/Delhi+Haat/@28.550589,77.1548241,11.43z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sdelhi+haat,+INA,SOUTH+DELHI!3m4!1s0x390ce263a7a30d5b:0x32405cf05342652b!8m2!3d28.572745!4d77.2090213

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