Ganesha Chathurthi is celebrated with immense zest in different parts of the country.
In Maharashtra Dr Ambedkar started the culture of celebrating sarvajanak Ganesh Chathurthi, wherein people come together to celebrate the 10 day festival, infusing life to the cities.
Down south, the festival is celebrated a little more calmly, but with equal enthusiasm.
Every year, a new idol is bought and worshipped and then immersed in water, after a said period, as per tradition.
What were originally simple idols made in mud, that would dilute in the water, have recently been replaced with POP Idols painted with synthetic colours that don’t dissolve in water and instead pollute it to no extent.
Its time to take a step back. Its time to think what our loving Ganpati bappa would really like.
Do you think he would like to be bright and colourful for 10 days, and then seen polluting our water bodies for the rest of the year? Or do you think he likes the environment too?
If you are willing to take a step towards making bappa happy and celebrating the festival of joy in an eco-friendly manner, here are some unique and eco-friendly Ganesh idols you can buy online.
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1. Tree Ganesha
Made of red soil, organic fertilizer, natural colour and seeds, this unique idol is designed to grow in to a tree after immersion.
Created by Dattadri Kothur, an art director by profession and sculptor and artist by passion, the Tree Ganesha is a result of his belief that Ganesh festival is the celebration of nature.
Supported by celebrities, and a winner of several accolades, this Tree Ganesha is definitely worth having since its not just eco-friendly, it actually contributes to the environment after immersion.
Click here to buy Tree Ganesha for Rs 2,200 onward
2. Clay Ganesha
If you want to be eco-friendly without burning a hole in your pocket, or standing in long queues outside the handful of shops that sell clay Ganeshas then here is your solution.
This handmade, eco-friendly, clay Ganesha is available online on Amazon. It is 100% biodegradable and helps clean the lake/sea when immersed in water.
Its reasonably priced and is a great step towards making your eco-friendly dreams come true.
Buy this 17cm eco-friendly Ganesha idol here for Rs 517 only.
3. Green Practises
Founded by a mother of two, Green Practises is a company that focuses on creating sustainable products that don’t harm the environment and help save it for our children.
Their products are available online and are aimed at celebrating our culture and traditions, whilst preserving the environment around us.
The tag line for their eco-friendly Ganesh idols is, “Because Lord Ganesha Loves His Mother Earth”.
With a range of 100% Shadu Maati Ganpati Murti’s coloured with natural colours like Multani Matti, Haldi, Kumkum and other natural colours on offer, their murti dissolves in water in 30 mins to 2 hours and do not harm our marine life or pollute our oceans.
This 13 inch tall Girnar Ganesha idol is priced at Rs 1800, with home delivery available in Mumbai. Book it here
Check out their entire range here
4. Eco Shree Ganesha Arts
Eco Shree Ganesha idols are made from clay, paper mache, & natural glue and environment friendly colours are used to paint them.
The good thing about these eco-friendly Ganesha murtis is that they look just as attractive as the POP ones, yet don’t harm the environment and are sensitive to the needs of Mother Earth.
They have a range of Ganeshas in sizes from 16 inch to 33inch, priced at Rs 3,600 onward.
Buy them here
5. Paper Ganesha by Shree Omkar Arts
Made with Paper and clay, the Ganesha Idols by Paper Ganesha are lightweight and stronger than clay idols, making them a sought after choice.
In spite of being stronger, they submerge in water in the same amount of time that other eco-friendly clay idols do.
The Big Dagadu Seth Ganesha by Paper Ganesha is 27 inches tall and is priced at Rs 7,700. Buy it here
To see their entire range of Ganesha idols, click here
6. Deep Ganesh Arts
A specialist in making fiber, gold and silver articles of Ganesha and other Gods, Deep Ganesh Arts has a range of eco-friendly Ganesh idols as well.
Their eco-friendly range displays the same quality of craftsmanship making it difficult for one to differentiate between these and the regular POP idols.
They have lots of variety in idols, sizes and a varied price range. They also have a range of non-painted, eco-friendly Ganesh idols.
Check out the collection here
7. Chargoal and clay Jal Vinayak Ganesha
A Ganesha idol made with activated charcoal and pure clay, a combination that preserves and cleans our lakes as the idol is immersed, Jal Vinayak Ganesha is another fabulous eco-friendly initiative.
Created in Bengaluru, Jal Vinayak Ganeshas look simple and endearing, just like the elephant God’s heart.
One can connect with them through their facebook page here.
8. O My Ganesha
Made with multani mitti, O my Ganesha Ganpati idols are a great pick for those looking at small size eco-friendly Ganesha Idols.
The company also has Ganesha Shadu clay kits on sale, to make your own eco-friendly Ganesha.
This 9 inch tall Ganesha sitting in a Padmasan position is a great pick for Rs 1200.
Buy it here
9. My Samskruti
My Samskruti is Benagluru’s one-stop shop for eco-friendly Ganesha murtis made with natural clay.
Their Ganeshas are crafted by experienced rural artisans and easily dissolve in water.
With the option of home delivery, these are the perfect solution for your need to go eco-friendly as you celebrate the festival of Ganesh Chathurthi.
We love their 18 inch tall eco Ganesha idol available online for Rs 889.
Buy it here
10. Eco Ganpathi
All those living in Hyderabad can now enjoy the benefits of bringing home an eco-friendly bappa with Eco Ganpathi.
They have a range of intricately carved eco-friendly Ganpathi idols made with clay and sans colours. Their range comprises of Ganpathis ranging from 2.5 ft high to 6 ft high.
Priced at Rs 2,500 onward, the attention to detail of these idols impressed us.
Check them out here
A small step towards celebrating a festival responsibly can ensure that our children and grandchildren enjoy the festival just as much as we do. You can also check out our post on how you can responsibly celebrate an eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi this year.
This Ganesh Utsav, lets all vow to go eco-friendly! Ganpati Bappa Morya!