How to recognize Eco-friendly Ganesh Murti?
A lot of people get confused to recognize the eco-friendly idol while booking Ganesh murti and end up with booking an idol which is not eco-friendly murti. Here are the below steps that should be kept in mind while finalizing Ganesh murti.
Weight While booking eco-friendly Ganesh murti weight is the easiest thing to recognize an idol whether it is Eco-friendly or P.O.P. Mainly eco-friendly murtis are heavier in weight because it is made up of natural soil that has a pretty good weight. Also should check under the murtis because a lot of Idol sellers fill cement in it to make P.O.P Idol heavier to match it with eco-friendly idols. So you should check the weight twice before booking eco-friendly Ganesh murti.
Diamond Stones Not a single Ganesh Murti is eco-friendly if that idol is decorated with gems, decorative laces or huge diamonds. A lot of people book eco-friendly Idol but they decorate murti with such decorative items which damage to the aquatic life. Many of the fishes and turtles swallow such toxic diamonds and die. So if you see any Ganesh murti which is decorated with such items do not book it.
Glossy Colors Glossy and attractive colors are very beautiful to see but when it comes to conserving our nature it is very dangerous for the eco-system. Glossy colors which are used to paint Ganesh murti contains chromium, lead, aluminum, and copper, which dissolve and turn into toxic compounds in water. This harms the gills of the fish, the most important organ from which the fishes breathe. Murtis which has minimal paint and doesn't shine at all which are very friendly with Nature. So before booking an eco-friendly murti do not go for glossy and unnatural colors. Fewer Variations The procedure of Plaster Idols are very easy and has a lot of variants in Ganesh murtis because the plaster substance which is used to make Ganesh idols dries very quickly and becomes ready for paint. But in eco-friendly idols production is very limited because it takes energy and a lot of time to dry idols after this procedure the Idols are ready for paint. So if you choose an idol to make sure that it does not go opposite to nature Not Easily Available Eco-friendly Idols demand is increasing nowadays but due to lack of production people are opting for any murti. For eco-friendly murti, booking has to be done well in advance so that artist also has the time to make eco-friendly idols. Comparing to Plaster Idols The availability for P.O.P idols are increasing day by day, Many of the stalls sells plaster of Paris murtis with different and trendy idols. So the worshippers do not search for much and book Ganesh murti then and there itself. Visiting various stalls and booking Idols well in advance before Ganesh Festival can stop you from getting wrong Ganesh murtis which are poisonous for ecosystem
Hollowness Plaster murtis are very lighter in weight and have more hollowness below the murti as compared to eco-friendly murtis. This hollowness creates more problem when it comes to contact with fishes. Most of the fishes get stuck in that hollow space and die. So murtis with more hollowness affect nature and should not worship in Ganesh festivals
Low Price Many of the sellers sell P.O.P Idols at very cheaper rates but due to lack of awareness people purchase it. Most of the sellers sell unfinished murtis at a very low cost which worshippers agree to buy them. So while booking Ganesh murti make sure that it is completely finished and made by natural substances
So, when you go to book the murti make sure you follow all these pointers while bringing home an idol which is safe for the environment and also choose wisely where to immerse it - a small tank in your courtyard or a bucket.
Ganpati Bappa Morya!