A Ganpati mandal in South Mumbai will break an 83-year-old tradition by not immersing its Ganesh idol this year.
The KDGB Nivas Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Mandal, located in a wadi in a Girgaum bylane, has decided to do away with plaster of Paris (PoP) idols and go green.
The eight-foot idol it will install this year has been made of hard fibre and painted with organic colours. The material used to decorate the pandal will also be eco-friendly.
On visarjan (immersion) day, devotees will take the idol to the beach with the usual fanfare, but bring it back after pouring some water on its feet to symbolise immersion.
The idol will be reinstalled in a smaller, permanent pandal in the wadi.
“Almost every day, papers write about the environment and global warming. We have seen the horrifying state of our beaches after immersion. So we decided to do this,” said the mandal’s president, Avadhut Gavhankar. “We hope others follow.”
The organisation spent more than Rs 70,000 on the fibre idol, said treasurer Nikhil Bhat, much more than what they have spent in the past. “But the expense doesn’t matter,” Bhat said.
The organisers brought the idol from its Lalbaug workshop to Girgaum on Saturday.