Green Ganesha in slow dissolve

The Doondi Ganesh Seva Samithi organisers used water pipes to dissolve the 63-foot tall idol in Vijayawada.—photo: ch. vijaya bhaskar  

It took 63 days to make the 63 ft clay idol and six hours to dissolve the idol. The Doondi Ganesh Seva Samithi not only set an example by installing a towering idol made of eco-friendly clay at the Ghantasala Music and Dance College in Vijayawada but also illustrated a simple but effective way of dissolving the idol at the same site to complete the immersion ceremony.

No logistics to move the leviathan to the immersion point, no traffic hassles for citizens, no nerves for policemen and no damage to the environment. Everyone went home happy.

The organisers used more than 500 m of pipes, five tankers (of 20,000 litres capacity) of water, eight pumps and sprinklers to dissolve the idol. All the planning for the dissolution of the idol at the venue was done simultaneously while making the idol.

The pipes were laid strategically inside framework of the idol while the artists were preparing the skeleton using iron and other materials. These pipes reached all parts of the idol. Water was pumped to the top of the idol using eight different motors connected to the tankers, said G.S. Phaniraj, secretary of the Doondi Ganesh Seva Samithi.

A few pipes ran from the bottom to the top of the shed in which the idol was installed. A pit was dug behind the shed to collect the runoff water and mud from the dissolving idol. The water and clay collected in the pit are to be distributed to people as prasadam, the organisers said.

The objective behind dissolving the idol at the venue was to avoid water pollution, said Mr Phaniraj. Also, transporting such a huge idol from the Ghantasala College to the Krishna river ghat would have disrupted traffic and involved heavy logistics. Hence, it was decided to avoid inconvenience to the general public and promote eco-friendly celebrations by installing an all-clay idol and dissolve it right there at the venue, said Mr. Phaniraj.

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