A Mumbai-based group and Ghatkopar mandal have supplied 51 eco-friendly Ganesha idols made out of clay, turmeric and vermillion, freed from value to devotees going through monetary difficulties, wage cuts or job losses in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Members of Malhar Basis and Deepak Baba Hande Mitra Mandal Ghatkopar have additionally developed a synthetic immersion pond with assist from the Maharashtra Air pollution Management Board (MPCB) and Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti, the umbrella physique of Ganesh mandals, for the immersion of every of the 51 idols.
“By bearing the price for every idol—as much as Rs 1600– our intention is to make sure that devotees are usually not troubled throughout this tough interval. This manner we’re offering our companies throughout this auspicious pageant by serving to others. We’re offering flower choices and different puja materials additionally with the idols with no value. Moreover, we have now additionally supplied washable masks to all relations,” stated Pratik Jadhav, one of many organisers from Malhar Basis.
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An Andheri resident, who misplaced her job in the course of the Covid lockdown stated, “We had deliberate to not rejoice the pageant in any respect this yr till we had been approached by members of Malhar. They didn’t deal with us with pity. Their solely intention was that we should not sacrifice the happiness this one time of the yr and full the target of preserving our tradition and traditions.”
Jadhav added that every one directions and steering have been supplied to residents for making their solution to the pond on all immersion days. “They should put on masks and comply with necessary social distancing protocol,” he stated.
MPCB officers stated the hassle is in step with their consciousness marketing campaign to make sure the town celebrates an eco-friendly pageant. “This initiative goals to rejoice Ganeshotsav in an environmentally pleasant method with due respect to Ganesha devotees in addition to to the surroundings,” stated Sanjay Bhuskute, public relations officer, MPCB.