The 10-day long festival of lord Ganesha has begun from Sep 13 and since then we’ve been hearing “Ganpati Bappa Morya” chanting everywhere. People stay outdoor during this 10-day festival to pay their visits to famous Ganesh pandals to enjoy the decoration and different shapes of the lord Ganesha’s idols. When we thought of checking some of the extraordinary idols of Lord Ganesha, we stumbled upon lord Ganesha’s idol made of Paani Puri. Yes, you heard us right and that’s exactly what made us stunned too. A Pune-based bhel businessman has installed an idol of lord Ganesha made up of 10,000 Pani Puris and this has made it the talk of the town. “Since our business is of chaat, I came up with this idea. In 2011, we had a Ganpati made of all the ‘bhel’ material. We thought of making it with Pani Puris this time,” expressed the owner of the Pune-based Bhel businessman, Ramesh Gudmewar, quoted ANI.
Gudmewar stated that he got inspired to do this after he heard of lord Ganesha’s idol made of biscuits. There is an urgent need to install eco-friendly Ganpati idols during the Ganesh festival across the nation rather the ones made of Plaster of Paris (P.O.P). The idols made of POP are considered stronger and do not break easily as compared to the ones which are eco-friendly. However, the drawback of not using eco-friendly Ganpati idols are more harmful and pitiful. The idols made of P.O.P do not melt easily in the water making the idols being thrown out of the sea with some body parts broken which may make anyone emotional to see the lord Ganesha’s bad shape. Whereas, the other drawback lie in the chemical reaction of the POP with the water if it is drowned in the lake or pond, making the lives of the underwater living beings dangerous. It also pollutes the water which becomes harmful for anyone’s consumption.
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Maharashtra’s Pune based Ramesh Gudmewar seem to have setup another example before those who install POP made lord Ganesha’s idols. The artist who sculpted the idol, Prashant Salunkhe, said that he had to work for 100 hours to complete the task, and has used some hardner to prevent the breaking of the puris. This is, undoubtedly, a creative art which may inspire thousands to switch from POP made Ganesh idols to Ganesh idols made of eco-friendly materials. The Ganesh Visarjan (the last day of the 10-day festival when the idol of the lord Ganesha is drowned into the water) is scheduled for September 23.