27 days to Ganeshotsav 2016: Five places that sell eco-friendly Ganpati idols

The most important and celebrated part of Ganesh Chaturthi is the visarjan or the immersion of the Ganpati idol into a water body. Several devotees step out of their homes on the last day, carrying the Ganapati idol in their hands. The idols are then immersed into a water body wherein it submerges and dissolves. Most of these idols are made from plaster of Paris (PoP) and are painted with colours that contain harmful chemicals in them. This pollutes the water and endangers marine flora and fauna.

In order to protect life under water, you can buy idols that are made from natural ingredients. Here is a list of five places in Pune that make and sell environmentally friendly idols.

1. eCoexist

In a bid to encourage people to use more eco-friendly materials, eCoexist makes Ganapati idols with biodegradable materials using clay and papier-mâché instead of PoP. These moulded idols dissolve quicker in water and do not cause any pollution. This year, they have also introduced a range of miniature idols that can be used especially for the visarjan. The pricing of the idols, depending upon the size, starts from Rs 150 and can go up to Rs 7,500.

Call: +91 9049146644 / 9561008225

2. Ganesh Kala Kendra

Since the last 10 years, Ganesh Kala Kendra has been promoting local artisans by selling Ganapati idols made from shadu or fire clay. The idols are moulded from a PoP mould though the plaster isn’t used or mixed. The paints used are made from natural ingredients as well. Their main motive is to get every household to have a Ganpati idol made from shadu as it is eco-friendly. Their pricing starts from Rs 200 and goes up till Rs 1100.

Call: +91 8805026627

3. Aniruddha Upasana Kendra

With a mix of papier-mâché and sabudana or Cassava powder, Ganapati idols are made by the devotees themselves at this spiritual centre. Natural colours from flowers are used to paint on the idols. They can be bought from the centre itself by prior bookings. The smallest idol, at 7 inches, starts at a price of Rs 350 and the price of the bigger ones can shoot up to Rs 4,000.

Call: +91 8554982706

4. Desai Bandhu Ambewale

The city’s favourite Alphonso mango chain now has a range of eco-friendly Ganapati idols that have come from artisans in Pen Taluka. The wide range of idols, made from shadu clay, include replicas of the famous Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati, Hutatma Babu Genu Ganapati and Jilbya Maruti Ganapati. The pricing of the idols starts at Rs 675.

Call: +91 98500 00093

5. Morya Arts

Made by a sculptor located in Pen Taluka, these idols are adorned with paints that are made from turmeric and natural vermillion while the idols are sculpted with a mixture of Multani Mitti or Fuller’s clay and geru, earthen red-coloured clay. The idols are now available and start from Rs 250.

Call: +91 9503590909


Vijayta Lalwani

Vijayta Lalwani

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