This week is a festivity week as most of the Indians are celebrating Ganesha Chaturthi. Celebrations are traditionally held on the 4th day of the first fortnight (Shukla Chaturthi) in the month of Bhaadrapada, according to the Hindu calendar. The Ganesha idol is brought with great enthusiasm in the house and is prayed for 10 days. After that the visarjan is done that is immersing the clay idol of Lord Ganesha into the water body like lakes and ponds. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with lots of zeal and fervour in India especially in the Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.
My aim of writing this post is to make the self loathing Hindus who in the name of “eco- friendly” approach do more harm than good. In India we have lot of dumb people who mostly go by the name of “intellectuals”. These people are given lot of space on main stream media to show their concern for environment specially when Hindus festivals are around the corner. If we go by them then every hindu festival must be banned as according to them it degrades environment (even cremation creates havoc on environment- LOL!). Now when these “saviours” comes on prime time to mould our perception and brainwash us most of the us end up batting for the wrong cause. The reason that we lack the technical knowledge related to our traditions thus terming them superstitions.
Few days ago, I read on the social media about a Mumbai baker who made Ganesha idol out of chocolate and she was praised for her effort in celebrating “eco-friendly” Ganesha Chaturthi. Though the intentions of the baker were really good but she wouldn’t have done this if she had known that this age old practice of immersing clay idols in water bodies are not meant for degenerating the water bodies but rather for rejuvenating them.
The clay idols are immersed in water bodies to replenish the clay lining in the lakes.
There was one more TV actor who immersed the clay idol of Ganesha in a plastic pot as she was celebrating “eco- friendly” Ganesha Chaturthi. ––Man I couldn’t control my laugh after watching this–hahahah
Soon when monkeys gonna take control of your mind, Ganapati Visarjan will be banned to prevent water pollution by “rationalists”.
GANESHA IDOLS ARE TRADITIONALLY MADE WITH BENTONITE CLAY FOR PHOSPHORUS LOCKING.
Bentonite clay also called Fullers clay or MULTANI MITTI.
It must be noted that Ganapati idols are to me made of Bentonite clay with biodegradable decorations, and organic paints , using NIL non-biodegradable plastic. This BENTONITE clay from the idol gives the lake life. This is NOT a superstition, by any stretch of our imagination.
This annual surcharge of good quality clay is so very important for sustaining the lake level and also the quality of the water.
Even if the clay Ganesha idol is immersed in the sea , the clay lining along the coast. prevents SALT WATER ingress inland when the fresh water ground table level is low in hot summer season. Such an ingress from the sea, causes AQUIFERS to get contaminated — coastal lakes and borewells to go saline and dead.
I think this information is enough to make the self loathing Hindus who are cribbing about environment pollution instead of celebrating Ganesha Chaturthi with zeal, now can rest their concerns. I don’t have any hopes from the “intellectuals”, “rationalists” or “environmentalist”, but to you Indians I would appeal that next time you bring Lord Ganesha idol in your home make sure it is of bentonite clay with bio-degradable decorations. This is how you rejuvenate nature- aka THE INDIAN STYLE.
HAPPY GANESHA CHATURTHI TO ALL.
NO COUNTRY OR RELIGION CAN MATCH THE JOY, OUR RIP-ROARING HINDU FESTIVALS DELIVER .
THIS IS THE MEANING OF FULL BLOODED CELEBRATIONS.
To hell with BENAMI Indian media and the foreign funded NGOs trying to dampen the spirit of the revelers ..
During celebrations there are no caste , gender, age , creed and financial status divides. All are equal. These celebrations have been going on for 6000 years .
It is stress busting time. The atmosphere is electric with fun and joy. People dance, sing songs and beat drums.
The government does NOT arrest people who had Marijuana or Cannabis ( Bhang ) as long as they are not disruptive.
Enemies have heart to heart talks and make up on this day.
STOP BEING SELF LOATHING AND ENJOY YOUR RIP ROARING FESTIVALS TO THE FULLEST- AND THAT TOO TRADITIONAL STYLE 😉
This is my small contribution to make Indians proud of their festivals. I could write this post because I am no more a self loathing Indian/Hindu rather a PROUD HINDU. I am no more a self loathing Hindu coz I am not dumb. I am able enough to understand the technical stuff.
If you too able enough to understand technical stuff then follow the link below and understand more clearly why we hindus have festivals where we immerse clay idols in the lakes. (WARNING- your chemistry basics should be strong 😉 )
ॐ असतो मा सद्गमय ।
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ।
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥
Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya |
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya |
Mrtyor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya |
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||
Lead us from Unreal to the Real
Lead us from the Darkness to the Light,
Lead us from the Fear of Death to the Knowledge of Immortality.
OM- Peace, Peace, Peace.