City all set to welcome Ganesha

Ujjain : Preparations are in full swing to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, birthday of Lord Ganesha, here in city with people purchasing the idols of the deity, which will be immersed in rivers and streams after religious ceremonies.

The 10-day-long festival will start on August 29 and several teams of artisans are giving final touches to the idols, which will be immersed in the River Kshipra on the concluding day of the festival. Ganesha temples have been illuminated with fancy lights and decorations as devotees enjoy the spiritual experience. The city roads are flooded with the idols of Lord Ganesha these days. However heavy evening rains disturbed the idol business on Thursday evening as denizens decided to keep in. Artisans can be seen making colorful idols of Lord Ganesha in the various areas of city. Shri Ram, the people of area pay the right price of idols, he said. He said they had sold idols worth Rs 100 to Rs 10,000 in the past. They work from July to November and earn around Rs 100000 from the sale of the idols. Ganesha idols made of clay and paper pulp, or which use naturally extracted colours, have found many takers in city this year, as environment-conscious residents are making sure that the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations do not come at a cost to nature.

The Ganesh Chaturthi festival is celebrated with gusto, with idols of the elephant-headed god being installed in the nooks and crannies of city. It climaxes with the idols being immersed in water. But according to some naturists, plaster of Paris idols take 15 days to a month to disintegrate and cause an increase in marine life mortality, while those made of clay or recycled paper take only a day or less to dissolve in water, and cause lesser water pollution. These idols are surprisingly lightweight, dissolve easily in water, and are less toxic as we use natural colours to paint these idols, said an artisan.

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