Pathways for Ganesha Idol Immersion Process: A Review of Best Practices by BBMP
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Ganesha Chaturthi is a grand festival celebrated all over India, in the month of September, every year. Approximately Rs. 20,000/- crores of income is generated throughout the country during the 10 days of festival. After the celebrations and prayers, the Ganesha idols are immersed in nearby water bodies such as a river, lake or ocean. The Ganesha idols are supposed to be made with clay, which is a degradable material which can also be helpful for the growth of plants. But, for the purpose of attracting the buyers, the Ganesha idol makers use Plaster of Paris (POP), and paints mixed with hazardous chemicals and chromium, zinc, mercury and arsenic which are non-degradable. An attempt has been made by the researchers to understand the steps taken by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike [BBMP] for the smooth execution of immersion process, effective waste management and promote the use of eco-friendly Ganesha for worship in Bengaluru city.