Instead of Ganesha idols that are hazardous to the environment, Chennaites are bringing home eco-friendly idols of the god this Vinayaka Chathurthi. With just two days to the festival, festivities are in full swing with many idols in line with current trends. Vinayaka idols based on Baahubali and fishermen are a few among public favorites this year.
Close to 5551 ganesh idols are being set up, each with height between 3 and 18 ft. While most of the idols are made using bamboo and paper mache and decorated with non-chemical colors, there are idols with a twist – made using chikki, laddus, Mysore pa, dates, panchamirtham etc.
Tiruvateeswaranpet, Triplicane will be housing the biggest Vinayagar idol at 18 ft. height. Alwarthirunagar will have an idol in the form of fisherman, while Virugambakkam will have a Baahubali Ganesha carrying a Sivalingam. Kolathur will get an idol made of bamboo and Venkatanarayana road, with paper mache and panchamirtham. This panchamirtham idol will be immersed in ocean to be consumed by marine life.
Here’s to an eco-friendly Vinayagar Chathurthi, Chennai!