30
Aug
09

Ill-effects of Idol immersion


When I was trying to figure out why we immerse Lord Ganesha in water, I got more number of sites suggesting the ill-effects of not immersing in an eco-friendly manner. I thought I would share the same with the reader.

According to R. V. Sharma of National Institute of Oceanography

Thousands of idols are immersed in the Arabian Sea every year during Ganeshotsav. Most of these idols are made up of Plaster of Paris (PoP). A major drawback of PoP is that it does not dissolve easily. As a result, idols disintegrate into rocky lumps and when these hit the seabed, they cause a churning effect. As a result, all the pollutants that are long settled on the sea-floor, mix with the water above. This entire process has a disastrous effect on the marine life among which the fishes are worst impacted. When humans eat fish with toxic substances, it leads to various ailments related to the digestive system. Besides PoP, the paint applied on the idols is very eco-unfriendly. During the immersion, pollution is also caused by plastic bags containing flowers and other puja material that are dumped into the sea. The only way out of this vicious cycle of pollution is to make idols of clay. I know this might sound a little impractical considering the fact that some of the idols are many feet high. But at least the smaller idols can be made with eco-friendly substances. Idol makers can use eco-friendly paint on the Ganesh, which would go a long way in mitigating marine pollution.

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