MANS relaunches campaign to donate Ganesh idols instead of immersing themNews — By The Desk on September 4, 2008 at 11:10 AM
Times of India, Pune: The Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS), which fights against superstitions , has relaunched its campaign to donate Ganesh idols following religious rites, instead of immersing them.
Giving a boost to the campaign that was launched a decade before, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board as well as the Harit Sena, have joined hands with the Samiti to control damage to the environment .
According to a release issued by the MANS on Wednesday, about one crore Ganesh idols are installed every year. Most of these are made of plaster of paris which does not dissolve in water, leading to pollution in rivers.
Narendra Dabholkar, working president of the MANS, has urged people to immerse idols in temporary tanks installed at the river banks and collect the nirmalya in the container provided nearby.
Dabholkar also talked about the eco-friendly earthen idols, painted in natural colours, that are available in the market. About 8,884 such clubs, with the participation of over four lakh schoolchildren, made about one lakh idols this year, he said.
Number of celebrities including Amol Palekar, Nilu Phule, Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari, scientist Vasant Govarikar, Vijay Bhatkar among others had extended support to the campaign four years ago. Dabholkar also said that people should try avoiding use of thermocol for decoration purposes and use traditional gulal.