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Category:LifeStyle, Date:September-11-2019 16:46:2910

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We all love the festive atmosphere that comes along with Ganesh Chaturthi no matter in whichever part of the country we are in. However most of the people are unaware of what Lord Ganesha gives away after His immersion.  Most of the pollution is emitted by the Plaster of Paris out of which the idols are made. The chemical paints further add to increasing the harmfulness of water bodies. 

 Plaster of Paris (POP) is not a naturally occurring material and contains gypsum, sulphur, phosphorus and magnesium. The idols take several months to dissolve in water and in the process poison the waters of lake, ponds, rives and seas.

 The chemical paints used to decorate the Ganesh idol contain mercury, lead, cadmium and carbon and this increases the acidity and heavy metal content in the water.

 Several accessories used during the Ganesh Puja like Thermocole, plastic flowers, cloth, incense, camphor and numerous other materials are dumped carelessly adding more strain to the already polluted rivers and lakes.

The effects of such activity can be summarized as:

  • Careless dumping of Ganesh idols in waterbodies blocks the natural flow of water. This results in stagnation and breeding of mosquitoes and other harmful pests.
  • The polluted water causes several diseases including skin diseases
  • The pollution from Ganesh Chaturthi idols also damages the ecosystem, kills fishes and water plants.
  • In many areas, the same polluted water gets pumped into homes

However, widespread campaigns are going on and being endorsed by celebrities to spread awareness regarding eco-friendly idols of Lord Ganesha. Most of them have made such idols by themselves. One step,no matter how small, taken by each person towards reduction in threats to the environment  can increase the joyousness of the festival not only for the humans but for the nature as well.

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