Ganesh Chaturthi is the festival where people are excited to celebrate with a lot of zest. Traditionally, the idols of Lord Ganesha are made of toxic materials and paints that cause significant water pollution when immersed. Concerned with rising pollution, Dattadri Kothur has developed an innovative solution to make Ganesh idols that would grow into plants after immersion.
The idol, called Tree Ganesha is made of red soil, organic fertilizers and seeds that will not only reduce water pollution but will also transform into a tree once the festival is over. These idols can be watered, which would lead the clay idols to melt over a span of a few days and eventually the seeds inside them would start sprouting.
As shown in a video by the Quint in collaboration with Miss Asia Pacific 2000 Bollywood actress and environmental activist Dia Mirza, Mirza can be seen learning to make the idol herself to promote the eco-friendly cause.
Written by Pooja Gupta.