Ganesh, the elephant-headed son of Lord Shiva and Parvati is widely worshiped as the god of wisdom and prosperity. He is worshiped first before any auspicious work. The birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha is celebrated as Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated all over India and it is the main festival of Maharashtra and south India. The celebration of Ganesh chaturthi is continue for five, seven or ten days. Clay models of Lord Ganesha are made by artist, they beautifully decorated & depict Lord Ganesh in various poses. The size of these statues may vary up to 25 feet.
Traditionally, the Ganesh sculptors should made by clay after worshiping the divinity it was returned back to the Earth by immersing it in a nearby water body. Due to use of Plaster of Paris and some undegradable elements, environment is getting effected. The most serious impact of the Ganesh festival on the natural environment is, the immersion Plaster of Paris into rivers and the sea. The toxic waste kills plant and animal life in the water. After the submerging of Ganesh idols, undegradable substance of idols are appear at the shore of lakes and sea.
Eco Friendly Ganesh: To minimize the impact on environment, a series of events to promote Eco-friendly ganesh celebration campaign has been launched across Mumbai and pune. Sculptors are made eco-friendly idols of the Lord Ganesh. These Eco-Friendly Ganesh idols are completely biodegradable and it can be immersed in a bucket of water at home. Green Ganesh idols sales are increase this year in Mumbai, Bangalore and pune.