Celebrating the Reincarnation of Lord Ganesha

 

At homes, families install small clay statues and decorate them with brightly coloured flowers and lights. The idols are offered with area, mandaar, champaka and durthaara, strands of young grass and are worshiped in the morning and evening. Karanji and Modaks are offered as prasad. The worship ends with the singing of an aarti in honour of Ganesha. The ten-day long stay of Ganesha is observed with paramount fondness. Houses are decorated with brightly coloured flowers and lights. And the devotees adorn themselves with new dresses. Children offer their books to the ‘God of Wisdom’ so as to be blessed with knowledge and academic excellence. All-in-all this festival has something for everyone in the store.



Like every good thing, the way we celebrate Ganeshotsav also has its own downsides which are hazardous for the environment.

Made of plaster of Paris, these Ganesha idols become environment hazards when they are immersed. Gypsum from which they are made is insoluble and forms a layer that chokes ponds and lakes,

With the passage of years, we have seen a grown consciousness in the minds of the devotees. The growing environmental concerns have begun to reflect in the way this occasion used to be celebrated. However, we have a long way to go. Let's adhere to more sustainable ways to commemorate this auspicious day with idols made of natural clay, fibre and even recycled paper.

 

Savouries

What celebration is complete without indulging in some treat for the tummy. Doesn't Ganesha himself preach this message with his enormously cute and cuddly belly? Here are five recipes that Lord Ganesha loves - KaranjiVadapapuPuranpoliSweet Modak