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Back to the roots: Ancient scriptures show way for making eco-friendly idols

In a step towards making eco-friendly Ganesha idols, two brothers in Indore have turned their attention to idol-making process of yore, following techniques mentioned in ancient Indian scriptures.

indore Updated: Sep 09, 2015 10:58 IST
Clay idols using herbs being prepared with audio chanting of mantras, in Indore on Wednesday. (Shankar Mourya/HT)
Clay idols using herbs being prepared with audio chanting of mantras, in Indore on Wednesday. (Shankar Mourya/HT)

In a step towards making eco-friendly Ganesha idols, two brothers in Indore have turned their attention to idol-making process of yore, following techniques mentioned in ancient Indian scriptures.

A month back, 23-year-old architect Rounak Khandelwal, his 18-year-old brother Rakshit Khandelwal and their relative consulted Government Sanskrit College, Indore, principal Dr Vinayak Pandey, who told them about the ingredients used in ancient India to make idols with chanting of sacred mantras dedicated to the deity.

“The idol-making procedure finds mention in the Vedas and later-age scriptures. They (Khandelwals) had approached me for this,” Dr Pandey said.

According to Rounak Khandelwal, 56 types of herbs, clay collected from five places, water drawn from five sacred rivers were used among other ingredients for making the idols.

In their effort to make the festival of Ganesha Chaturthi eco-friendly, the family has engaged traditional Ganesha idol-maker Jitendra Kushwah to make 3,000 six- and 12-inch idols, priced at Rs 351 and Rs 471 respectively.

To be painted in natural clay colour, the idols will be ready for sale before the popular festival of Ganesh Chatuthi on September 17.

“The audio of Lord Ganesha mantra is being played at the idol-making workshop round the clock. We have also launched a website through which people can book idols which may also be home-delivered,” said Rounak Khandelwal.

He added that the idols will dissolve within hours of being immersed in a bucket of water. This chemical-free water can then be used for watering house plants.