Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated differently this year. In light of our pandemic situation, many states have rolled out their versions of visarjans or idol immersions.
While Pune and Bengaluru are going for mobile idol immersions with makeshift tanks, Mumbai has allowed people to opt for its 167 artificial ponds or the beach if you live only one-two km away. Delhi, on the other hand, has requested people to immerse idols at homes using buckets or containers and made public water bodies off-limits.
This brings us to another way devotees will be celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi 2020 — eco-friendly Ganeshas. Here’s our edit of plantable Ganesha idols.
Make My Garden
Available in Bengaluru and Mumbai, Make My Garden has created beautiful seed Ganesha made of sunflower and tulsi, which you can plant in your homes. The packet comes with a jute bag and two kg of potting mix with instructions. Once you put the potting mix up to three inches inside the pot and place the idol; water it till four to five days until the Ganesha dissolves and the seeds are released. It can take up to 10 days for the Ganesha to germinate post its dissolution.
My Pooja Box
My Pooja Box is doing special Ganesh Chaturthi express delivery in Delhi NCR region. These eco-friendly and plantable Ganesha idols are part of their Plant-A-Ganesha initiative to make our environment a cleaner and greener place. They are 100% biodegradable and handcrafted in India by skilful artisans. It comes with a small kit of plant seeds, and you can purchase their Ameya plantable Ganesha idol for Rs 699.
Sow and Grow
Sow and Grow is known for making recyclable, sustainable stationery and DIY gardening kits. Now they have introduced clay plantable Ganesha idols that come with tulsi seeds, biodegradable pot, five coco coins, and marker stick for easy DIY plantation after the Ganesha visarjan.
Pune-based Nursery Live caters to everything from gardening to plant-packaging to soils and fertilisers to green gifting and pots, pebbles, and flower bulbs. This year, they have introduced Green Ganesha, which is made of clay and comes with air-purifying plants. Now celebrate the auspicious Ganesh Utsav without polluting nature.
Ganesha by CraftVatika
This GIY (grow it yourself) Ganesha idol comes with organic fertiliser, extra marigold seeds, organic spinach, or fenugreek seeds. It is made of 100% dissolvable natural clay and soil. You can also gift it to someone as a great house-warming gift.
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