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It is that time of year again when Ganesh devotees welcome their adored God into their homes and societies. Every year the Elephant headed God is venerated and celebrated with ‘aartis’ and much pomp and gaiety. When it is time to bid adieu the whole city comes to a standstill as devotees go for the ‘visarjan’ of the idols into the sea and pray for their favourite God’s early return.
However, the ‘visarjan’ of Lord Ganesh also means pollution in the sea and along the city’s shores as well as lakes and tanks. The chemicals from the paints and the materials used to make the idols as well as the decorative plastic flowers etc make for an environmental nightmare.
The Lord of Good Beginnings should be given a befitting farewell. Let his departure not herald pollution and hazard to aquatic life. To create more awareness about this issue and to ensure that children learn the right values and respect for the environment, Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Learning and Development has planned a special workshop for making eco-friendly Ganeshas. The unique Ganesh idols will be created using seeds and makhars with paper art.
Children will also be explained the meaning behind the ‘aartis’ done for Lord Ganesha and the Ganesh Stotra. Kids will enjoy hearing stories about the ‘nat-khat’ Ganapati and learn to make his favourite delicious ‘modaks’.
This year, let Lord Ganesha’s welcome and farewell both be auspicious and eco-friendly.
Details at a Glance:
Eco-Friendly Ganapati Workshop
Venue: Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Learning & Development, Rustomjee Urbania, Thane (W)
Date: 31st August , 2019
Duration: 2 Hours (11am- 1pm)
Age: 4+ years (kids below 4 years can be accompanied by parents)
Entry Fee: Rs 200