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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Ganesha idols

Ganesh Chaturti is celebrated with much fanfare and devotion every year. In most places (Maharashtra) idols of the beloved diety are immersed in available water bodies (sea,lakes) on the Anant Chaturdasi after the Chaturti. Not any different this year; except that the number and size of idols is sure to have gone up.
There is a mail circulationg with gory pictures of the revered idols washed ashore.

We need campaigns in Mumbai (besides other places) against this kind of practice.
Possible solutions:
1. Limit size of idol
2. Ban painted idols
3. Ban immersion in public water bodies.

One possible solution. In houses in Chennai, the idol - usually a small one, and never painted is always immersed in the well that is located in the premises (this is done on the assumption that the clay used for the idol was just that).

Another possible solution, which quite a few families I know have been practising: immerse the idol in a big bucket / tub, and pour the water after a couple of days to plants.

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Blogger Pradeep said...

I agree with you. What you suggested last makes a lot of sense. Here in Bangalore, there have been clashes near the lakes between people who come to immerse the idols. And, one night people smashed the windscreens of devotees who had come to immerse the idols. These hardly look divine!

04 October, 2007  

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