Vinayaka Chaturthi or “Ganesh Chaturthi”
September 17, 2015 by admin_kids
Subject: Thirty sentences Essay/Speech on “Ganesh/Vinayaka Chaturthi”
Target Age Group: 10-15 Years
Total sentences: 30
Contributed By: Malavika Shinde, Vidya Mandir, Mumbai
India, the land of festivals, is celebrating Vinayaka Chaturthi. It is also called Ganesh Chaturthi. It is mainly celebrated in the north of India, especially in the state of Maharashtra. Ganesha or the elephant headed God is considered as the son of Lord Shiva and his better half, Goddess Parvati. The legendary story behind the head being of an elephant is very interesting. Once Goddess Parvati was bathing and she made Lord Ganesha stand by the door, to watch that no one enters, when she is bathing. At that time Lord Shiva came home, and Ganesha would not allow him in. Lord Shiva was furious and after a fight, he severed little Ganeshas head. Goddess Parvati could not be pacified of her sorrow and anger! Lord Shiva, promised her to bring him back to life by putting another head on his body, this is how Ganesha got the head of an elephant. The name Ganapati as Lord Ganesha is fondly called, means “Head of the Ganas.”Ganas are Lord Shiva’s attendants. Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival of ten days. A clay model of Lord Ganapati is brought by the Hindu devotees and kept in their homes and in many public places. It is worshipped in the morning and in the evening and on the tenth day it is immersed in a waterbody. The waterbody can be a lake, river or the sea. In some places the idols are kept for one, three or five days based on the convenience of the people. During these days many sweet dishes and variety of food are prepared. Sweets are a must, as it is believed that Ganapati liked sweets. Ganapati is considered as a Vighnakarta and a Vighnahartaa. The former means, obstacle creator, in the path of the unjust and the latter means obstacle remover, from the path of his true devotees. The organizers of the festival celebrate these ten days with much pomp and pleasure. There are small statues of Lord Ganesh, and at times the statues are 10-20 feet tall. Artisans make good business. During the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, businessmen, organizers and people from various groups approach them to buy the idols. The artisans put in all their effort to make the idols as creative and beautiful as possible. The festival usually falls between September and October. We kids eagerly await the Ganesh Chaturthi to eat the variety of savouries made. This year I wish may Lord Ganesha come to each and everyones houses and hearts and be a Vighnahartaa for his devotees. Let’s all sing together, “Ganpati Bappa Mourya, pudchya varshi lavkar ya!” (Lord Ganesha, next year come soon)
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Ganesh Chaturthi is a widely celebrated Hindu festival in India in honor of god Ganapati or Ganesha. It was introduced by Mr. Bhausaheb Laxman Javale in 1892 in Pune to unite people. It falls in Bhadrapada as per Hindu calendar and anywhere between months of August to September as per Gregorian calendar. In this Article we are going to see Effects of Ganapati Festival on Environment and the most appropriate Eco Sensitive solutions for traditional ceremonies.
On Ganesh Chaturthi, many worshipers or devotees bring Ganapati idol (small clay statues) for ten days. In those ten days people visit relatives, nearer public Ganesh Idols. Also devotees listen to spiritual songs and offer flowers, Modak, Durva etc. Each day ends with singing Aarti in honor of Ganapati, other gods and saints. Though Ganesh festival is celebrated in India, the maximum enthusiasm is seen in Maharashtra State.
Anant Chaturdashi is the last day of Ganesh Festival and is a big day of great joyousness for devotees.
Environmental Impact of Ganesh or Ganapati Festival
While celebrating Ganesh Festival people generally ignore environmental impact of pollution on Air, Water, Noise, solid Waste, etc caused by various activities performed in puja.
Effects of Ganapati or Ganesh Festival on Environment
Air Pollution during Ganapati Festival
During this festival, fireworks and crackers are used in abundance by the devotees for expressing their happiness. This leads to Air pollution, as harmful gases and toxic substances like Barium, Cadmium, Sodium, Mercury, Nitrate and Nitrite are released into atmosphere. Also, respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) level goes high in this season as small particles are released into the environment by these firecrackers.
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Increase in consumerism during the festival increases traffic congestion which in turn increases air pollutants, which are released into the atmosphere by vehicles. The celebration of Ganapati festivals lead to increase in the level of harmful gases in atmosphere like Sulphur dioxides (SO2), Carbon Monoxides (CO), etc.
Water Pollution during Ganapati Visarjan
In recent years, we have seen increased awareness about water pollution caused by visarjan i.e. immersion of Ganesh Idols in lakes, rivers and Sea which are made out of Plaster of Paris (PoP) i.e. calcium sulphate hemi –hydrate. It takes several months to totally dissolve Ganesh Idols made up of PoP into water.
Also, colors used in decoration of idols contains harmful chemicals containing mercury, lead which leaks into water as idol dissolves. It increases acid content, Total Dissolved solids (TDS) and Heavy metals in water. It kills aquatic plants and marine life, damaging ecosystem under water.
Along with Ganesh idols people dump other accessories like thermocol, plastics, etc. as well adding to the level of water pollution.
Noise Pollution during Ganesh Festival
Devotees celebrate the prestigious festival with all possible means of loud music like listening to bhajjans, kirtans and songs using massive speakers. During Anant Chaturdashi, which is the final day of the auspicious Ganesh festival, we witness heavy traffic on the roads, which leads to an increase in Air (particles from vehicles) and Noise (excessive honking) pollution.
All the above points add up and increase Noise pollution way beyond the permissible level of 55 bB (day) and 45 dB (night) stated by the pollution control board. Senior citizens and children are directly affected by these as in certain cases the noise level can even reach 110 dB
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Solid Waste Generated during Ganapati Festival
Along with Idols several other accessories are used in worship of Ganapati such as, flowers, fruits, coconuts, incents, camphor, cloth, plastic, thermocol. Etc. It is collectively called as Nirmalya.
Every year government spends crores of rupees to clean and dig out tons of garbage from natural water sources such as rivers, lakes etc.
These are all ill effects of Ganapati festival and is essential for to know everyone, so that it becomes easier to take initiatives to reduce bad effects of Ganesh Chaturthi on environment.
Steps to be taken to reduce Environmental Impact of Ganapati Festival
In the festival people are blindfolded themselves in the name of god and are totally ignoring responsibility of environment while accomplishing spiritual motives. It is possible only after they understand that they cannot make god (here Ganapati) by damaging environment. Rituals of worships are not created by gods but by humans. We can make changes in them to reduce impact on environment. It is not correct to accept rituals which in turn causes harm to the nature.
Besides there are numerous ways in which rituals can be performed without damaging environment. Some of them are mentioned below:
Plaster of Paris Idols of Ganesh
- Immersing or visarjan the idol into tanks which are created by government instead of immersing it into natural bodies.
- Using of natural clay (Shadu) idol i.e. Eco-friendly Ganapati idols and immersing it into bucket of water at home as it takes several hours to totally dissolve in water.
- Immersing ‘Betel Nut’ into water which symbolizes Ganapati into water and reusing same Idol of Ganesh.
- Also permanent idol made up of Metal such as copper, brass can be used for every year.
- If some is using PoP idol then it can be reused and spread the word that from next year idol made up of natural clay can be used.
Decorations and Nirmalya or place of worship
- Nirmalya collected during immersion ceremony can be put in separate container (shaped as Kalasha or traditional pot). Mumbai and Pune municipal have already started this method to avoid introduction bio-degradable substances into water.
- Distributing fruits, coconuts and Prasad among poor
- Recycling of flowers to make papers of dried flower products
Visarjan or Immersion ceremony
- Avoiding introduction of non-bio degradable material such as plastic, thermocol into water instead it can be reused in next year. Earlier people used to immerse thermocol along with Ganesh idols. Government has creating awareness to make people realize that importance of Nature and spreading awareness of Ganesh Visarjan effects on the environment.
Creating Awareness among people
Many measure have been taken by government to bring awareness amongst people to minimize impacts of festivals. Several NGO, Organizations are working hard to make people realize harmful effects of Ganapati festival.
It is important to celebrate Ganapati festival, but we cannot make Ganapati happy if we destroy his gift i.e. nature.
Let’s make Ganapati and Mother Earth happy by celebrating eco-friendly Ganesh Festival but most importantly not compromising on enthusiasm.
!!Ganapati Bappa Morya!!
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