Staff Reporter

People urged to switch to small clay idols

  • Osmansagar and Himayatsagar no more the favoured destination for idol immersion
  • `Sensitive decisions can be implemented only by educating public'
  • Campaign must for making idols with biodegradable substances'

    HYDERABAD: The drinking water sources of the twin cities - Osmansagar and Himayatsagar - not too long ago were the favoured destination for Ganesh idol immersion.

    That was, however, till an awareness campaign launched by a temple to protect drinking water resources found public support and people voluntarily stayed away from it during Ganesh Nimajjanam.

    Three years ago a small yet a courageous initiative from the Chilkur Balaji temple to protect water bodies took shape and the campaign soon won the support and patronage from the local population - including the administration and not a single idol got immersed in these lakes.

    Larger interests

    Recalling his experience, Chilkur Balaji temple hereditary trustee Soundar Rajan says that sensitive decisions can be implemented only through educating public. "The support we got then was proof enough that people are responsive and responsible to such calls if they are in the larger interests of environmental concerns of the society."

    "The Hindu philosophy of seeing God in everything should be interpreted as respecting everything in nature.

    "When you respect, you use it with reverence, will not waste and ensure appropriate replenishment, " he said. Mr. Soundar Rajan says the argument that Ganesh idol immersion is not the only cause of Hussainsagar pollution and that as the debris being removed immediately would limit pollution cannot be used for continuing to contaminate the lake.

    "If some one is polluting, should we do it too? "

    He feels people should switch to smaller clay idols for celebrating Ganesh Chavithi with devotion and reverence.

    A campaign should be launched for making idols with biodegradable substances using clay and bamboo frames and vegetable dyes instead of hazardous plaster of paris idols and hazardous chemical paints.