Ganesh Utsav is one of the biggest festival for my household atleast. That one time of the year, when the entire family gathers together. WE have been bringing home Ganpati for about more than 15 years now. Till now subconsciously we were celebrating an eco friendly Ganesh Utsav but this year, we consiously celebrated it.
Step 1 –
The first step to this celebration was in bringing an Eco Friendly Ganapati Murthi, which until last year, we used to get made out of Plaster of Paris. We never bought any Decoration items like the Thermocol Makar or any artificial items, which could not be reused. We generally just use just a couple of Garden Flowers in our Decoration as those then can be used as compost in our Garden.
For the jewelry, as we have been doing it for years, we got the Jewelry made in Silver with Gold Polishing and we also do not encourage our guest to bring more Garlands made out of real flowers or artificial flowers. You can watch this video to see how we did it. Also we do not play music on loud speakers and even for Aarti even though the kids of the entire building come down we ensure that nobody is disturbed due to the same.
Step 2 –
The next step was to control, compost or to recycle the waste that was generated in the process of the festival. What best way, to do it than using the flowers and vegetable leftovers and burying them in your back garden. We generally use all our waste in our little garden. Wherein we have Coconut trees, Colocassia Leaves, Curry Leaves, Lemon, Pomegranate, Bonsai of Betul Nut and Banyan Tree, Bitter Gourd, Cycus Plant, Aloe Vera and last but not the least Banana Plant, We also have seasonal visitors and Daily Visitors there. They are a few birds. Presently, a couple of Bulbul Had built its nest and laid eggs and I was lucky enough to enjoy the childhood of two tiny baby bulbul. Hereunder is the glimpse of our House Garden and the recycle.
Step 3 –
Visarjan is the final step of the one and half day Ganpati Festival. We did the Visarjan of the Murti in our house itself, where we have a small artificial fish tank and a waterfall. We collected the Clay, (Shadu Mati) in a big plastic bag, which was later on drained out. Also once the clay was drained, we gave the remaining clay to the building kids, who plan to make Diyas for Diwali. This clay post draining the excess water, can be mixed with your regular poster colours to get different colours of clay.
Hereunder is the video of our Visarjan at Home.
Do have a look at the videos and let me know what do you think about the same.