As Ganesh Chaturthi is around the corner each one of you is all excited to start preparing for the Ganesh Chaturthi. We start by preparing our homes and societies by cleaning them from all corners and them planning about how the events will be scheduled for the 11 day-long celebrations.
We are sure that you may have also planned out your vacations to your native during this festival. Well, that’s not the case with everyone! Some like to stay in the hustle-bustle of the city and celebrate this festival by visiting Ganpati pandals in every street and seek the blessings of our beloved Ganesha.
It would be of no wonder if I asked you the ill effects on nature by celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi in the traditional way. The extensive use of artificial materials such as POP and other harmful materials such as decorative materials and Oil paints is big harm to nature and in turn to the human race itself.
The effluents such as oil, fiber, plastic, and mercury cause severe pollution to the land and water ecosystem. The idols of Bappa made of POP are not only heavy and cause severe harm to nature they are also very costly.
So, we here at tree Ganesha decided to share a simple DIY (Do It Yourself) guide.
This is a very simple guide and can be made easily by anyone using basic ingredients available in their house. This idol is not only made with zero cost but also does not cause any harm to nature. The reason being the following ingredients are natural and very basic. This idol can be immersed at your own house not leading to any pollution and harming mother nature.
- RED SOIL
- SPOON, KNIFE
- A FLATBED POT/ WOODEN PLANK
Collect some red soil from your plant pots or you can find some easily from your garden.
Collect 2 pots of red soil. Make sure to remove unwanted particles like leaves and other garbage from the soil.
Use a tea filter utensil (chani) to remove large stones and pebbles and also so that the soil is almost soft without any waste in it.
Step 3 :
Collect the pure soil in a bowl and add some water into the soil so it is brought up to dough-like consistency. Mix the soil thoroughly till it is transformed like a dough.
Step 4 :
Check the clay for any irregularities and if found add some sawdust to give some strength.
Keep mixing the mixture until achieving a clay-like consistency.
Divide the whole clay into small parts and then start moulding the clay into different parts of the idol, use a knife or a spoon to do the same. Mould the clay in an oval shape for the stomach, make sure it is hard and perfectly shaped.
Now, mould the clay into the form of a cylindrical shape. Length being as long as 4 inches and the diameter as broad as your finger. Cut the shape into 4 pieces each piece resembling the hand and the legs.
Mold the clay in the shape of a cone resembling the trunk of the idol and also make a comparatively big sphere for the head.
Now bring all the parts together and attach them into the shape of the idol. if required use some matchstick in order to provide strength to the structure.
Make some detailed parts such as hands and feet using the knife and spoon use detailing tools if you have. For the face make some teeth one being complete and other being chopped in half.
Now let the idol dry completely. Add some detailing using some natural colours available. Place the idol and your Bappa is ready.
That’s how you can make the idol by yourself and can contribute by doing it yourself.
“ DO IT YOURSELF GANESHA”