Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival that is widely celebrated in different parts of India every year with great enthusiasm and zeal——while it is considered to be the greatest celebration of the year for Mumbaikers. The celebration for the same is known to bring out lakhs of people on the street sharing their happiness while dancing and singing songs in praise of their lord, whom they popularly refer to as Bappa. The city echoes the mantra of’ Ganpati Bappa Moriya’ in every nook and corner of the city during these hours of the time with colors and modaks being distributed everywhere to express their fondness to their lovable god- Lord Ganesha.
COVID-19 and celebration
While this year things seems a lot more different on context of the world suffering greatly from the coronavirus pandemic. This year extensive planning and administration is required on government’s behalf to conduct the festival. As this year, it is more important to maintain social distancing and remain self-quarantine to avoid any sort of complications emerging from the virus later on. So, it is quite appropriate to believe that people this year are fearful of getting together in the streets to welcome Lord Ganesha in a grand way. However, there is no need to worry because as it is popularly said that ‘Where there is a will, there has to be a way’. So, after rigorous planning and keeping various parameters in mind, we have bring forth great ideas upon how you can celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi this year with same excitement but in a more healthy and safe manner. Read on to know more about our great ideas-
Eco friendly and Biodegradable idols of Lord Ganesha
This year welcome Lord Ganesha with eco-friendly idols that are safe for the environment and are biodegradable. If you have an artist hidden inside you, then you can even do this all on your own by styling and creating your lord with your own hands by molding clay or shaud chi mati. Then you can paint it by using all-natural colors like turmeric, sandalwood, etc. Also, when the time comes to send Lord Ganesha home all safely, these idols are best as they dissolve easily into water and moreover purifies the wastewater.
Immerse Idols at home
Stay away and avoid getting together in large numbers at a particular place as this could spread the virus and worsen the situation even further. So, as a natural alternative, we bring forth an idea to the masses to practice immersion of Lord Ganesha’s idols in artificial water tanks at home. You can do this by filling a bucket with water and immersing the idol in the bucket, within a few hours you will find the idol completely dissolved with clay water. Use this water to give your plants as they are quite beneficial for them. This way your problem of maintaining social distancing and at the same time celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi safely this year is all solved.
Prepare sweets all by yourself
This year try not to order anything from outside, so try to make some sweets to offer to the lord at home. It is said that Lord Ganesha is extremely fond of modaks and laddoo, so to please him this year practice doing it all by yourself. There are great recipes available over the internet, so all you need to do is search for a recipe, get all the ingredients ready, and start making the sweets. This way both safety and good material sweets can be prepared by you. Believe it or not, even if the sweet does not comes out to be as perfect as the market one, be relaxed of the fact that Lord Ganesha would happily accept anything prepared by their dear devotees if it is prepared with love and pure feelings.
Another necessary thing
Make sure you are arranging everything that is required for a pooja at your home and not ordering anything from outside. Be it pooja samagri, idols, flowers, or other necessary things. All can be easily accumulated from resources at home if we try a little from our end. So, all in all, this year celebrate a safe and eco-friendly celebration and Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all the readers.