Environmental Planning and Coordination Organisation (EPCO) organised a series of training workshops of ‘create your own green Ganesha’ in Bhopal. More than 5,000 people learnt to make eco-friendly Ganesha idols for free and took these idols home with them.
The four-day workshop started from August 31 and was held at prominent venues of Bhopal including EPCO premises, Ganesh Mandir at Piplani, Mandakini Ground in Kolar and at Bittan Market. Five trainers taught the art of making clay Ganesha ahead of Ganesh Chaturthi.
“Over the years, people have realised that if no changes are being acquired, environment will deplete very soon. Just like they have reduced the usage of chemical colours during Holi and noisy crackers during Diwali, they are now open to clay-made idols of Gods,” says Anoop Shrivastava, chief engineer at EPCO.
“People understand the importance of going green now. The number is nearly unnoticeable when compared to the whole population of Bhopal. But we did not even expect this much number,” Shrivastava added.
There are very few artists who make clay idols. “If we leave aside the bigger idols made for pandals, people now generally enquire for small clay idols. This is a significant change. Even if it is small, it does contribute,” says Anupam Rajan, executive director of EPCO.