Bengaluru: Move over clay, greener cow dung Ganesha here

The NGO works in Komegowdna Doddhi, Kanakupara taluk.

Bengaluru: There couldn’t more be eco-friendly Ganeshas than these. Providing the perfect answer to the plaster of paris Ganeshas banned for causing pollution, two voluntary organisations have come out with idols made of cow dung.

Go-Go Organisation and Uttishtha Bharat are proud to be contributing to the environmental cause by fashioning Ganeshas from cow dung this festival. Founder of Go-Go, Macqueen Anthony, says these Ganesha idols can be immersed easily in lakes and can also act as manure for plants, providing the perfect solution for the pollution caused in city lakes.

A commerce graduate , who trained at the National Dairy Research Institute, Mr Macqueen is on a mission to protect desi cows through goushalas and uses only their dung to make the idols.

He explains, "The Ganesha idols have been made using only desi cow dung. We dry it in sunlight for almost three days and then grind it with desi cow urine and turmeric, which acts as an efficient disinfectant. As the cowdung is biodegradable, Ganapatis made from it will purify the water and benefit the environment.”

The NGO works in Komegowdna Doddhi, Kanakupara taluk. Uttishtha Bharat, which has also made Ganesha idols out of cow dung, is holding an exhibition on Sunday at the Dodda Ganapathi temple in Basavanagudi to display them and create awareness among the general public about the importance of having such nature- friendly idols for the festival. The Ganeshas will be on sale for anyone interested in buying them and doing a favour to the city’s environment.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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