Natural Ganesha Idols 2007
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|Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival celebrated by several Indian communities in the country as well as abroad. One of the major challenges of this festival has been the water pollution caused by the immersion of the Plaster of Paris Ganesh idols.
Read about the environmental impact of Ganesh Chaturthi here...
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Natural Clay idols from eCoexist
eCoexist proposes an eco sensitive alternative to Plaster of Paris. Going back to the traditional use of natural clay ( known as 'shaadu' in Maharashtra), our completely natural Ganesh idols also do not use any chemical paints. The raw grey idols are finished using a variety of natural earths such as Multani mitti, Geroo and natural dyes such as turmeric and beetroot. Water soluble paints are only used to delineate the eyes of the idol.
These beautiful idols have been made in the village of Pen by traditional sculptors.
Click on any image below to enlarge and take a closer look. The dimensions are in inches, Length x Width X Height. Our idols do not exceed a height of 12 inches since we would like to encourage people to use smaller idols. The natural clay that these idols are made out of comes from Gujarat and West Bengal. Like all natural resources, there has to be a sustainable use of natural clays and this is why it is important that we limit the size of our idols.
CAUTION: Idols made out of natural clay are extremely fragile. Please handle these with great care when you buy them.
The natural Ganesh idols from eCoexist are completely biodegradable and we advise you to immerse them in a bucket of water in your own homes. The water can be used for potted plants or in your garden.
To see a list of stores that stock our idols click here...
To watch a video of the making of the idols click here.
Read news articles about our Ganesh project here