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This Ganesh Chathurthi Let Us Welcome The Eco-Friendly Ganpati…

It is that time of the year when the Ganesh Chathurthi festivities grip the entire country with its fervour. The state of Maharashtra famed for its pandals displaying large and beautiful idols 11 day celebrations witnesses devotees preparing to welcome their beloved Bappa in full swing.

As a ritual of the festival, an idol of the elephant headed God is installed at homes and in local pandals and worshipped from a period of 1, 3 5, 7 or 10 days and is immersed on the last day. Ganesh idols were traditionally made of  clay and mud gotten from the river banks, known as shaalu maati, so that when immersed on the final day it could be returned to its source, symbolising nature’s cycle of life and death and also causing least environmental impact. Over time, idol makers switched to Plaster of Paris, which although is easier to mould and cheaper to buy, has cost a great deal of environmental damage. These idols are decorated with paints containing mercury and cadmium which are harmful to the environment On the day of the immersion, processions throng local rivers, lakes and water bodies to immerse idols from pandals, which contaminates the aquatic ecosystems.The constant competition between pandals to install larger and more ornate idols at their pandals has worsened the issue.

Citizens are more aware of the environmental dangers and are reverting to more eco-friendly alternatives. A 40% decline in the manufacture of PoP has been observed. Even the Maharashtra state government can has taken measures like the banning of export of PoP from the Konkan areas which is a result of 100% increase in demand for clay idols. Various workshops have also been conducted to teach individuals how to make eco-friendly idols. For those who have not had the time to attend such workshops, TFI has put together a list of places where one can buy the eco-friendly idols from.

The Bombay Store

Western India House, Sir P.M.Road, Fort, Mumbai- 400 001.
Ph: +91 22 4066 9999
Timings: 10:30am to 7:30pm (Sun- 10:30am to 6:30pm)

The Bombay Store

 G/9, Ground Floor, Inorbit Mall, Link road, Malad(W), Mumbai- 400 064

Ph: +91 22 2871 0013
Timing: 10:30am to 9:30pm

The Bombay Store

Unit no.14, Gr. Floor, Block No. 43, High Street Phoenix Mall, 462, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel(W), Mumbai- 400013
Ph: +91 22 2497 1024
Timings: 10:30am to 9:30pm

The Bombay Store

F-21, First floor, Inorbit Mall
Near Vashi Station, Vashi, Navi Mumbai- 400 705
Ph: +91 22 2781 0581/ 82
Timings: 11:00am to 9:30pm

Dhoop crafts

Plot no 27A, Ground floor, 21st Road, Dandpada, Khar, Mumbai 400052

Ph: (022) 65819351/ 52 or 32421265

Green Ways

Nikhil villa, 19 Carmichael Road, Mumbai 400 026

Ph: 09820562063

Radhika Arora

 Janaki Kutir, Juhu Church Road, Mumbai 400049

Ph: 9820676765

Suriti Culture Shop

Level 2, Haiko Mall, Central Avenue, Hiranandani Gardens, Powai, Mumbai 400052

Ph: 022 66939777, Ibrahim 97202539853

Heena Choksi  

C Wing, Flat No.502, Bldg – RNA Millennium Township,
M.G Road, Kandivalli West, Mumbai-67.

Ph: 09833664750, 09892034750

Bela Bhinde 

Mount Alps B Wing, Bhakti Park, Wadala (E), Mumbai – 37
Tel: 2403 6944 // 98671 94451 / 76701

Anand Pendharkar

Sprouts Earth Shop 5, Pawar Shops, Rani Sati Marg, Malad East, Mumbai-97.

Ph: 9820140254

Nirmtee Art

4/5, Khosravi Estate, S K Bole Road, Dadar (West), Mumbai-28.
Ph: 24223655

Clay Crossing

A/ 302 Gurudutt CHS, JB Nagar, Andheri (E)
Ph: 9967799647

Green Ways

19, Nikhil Villa, Carmichael Rd, Peddar Rd, behind Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai-26
Ph: 23526291/20684/9820562063

Omved Stores Mumbai

(1) High Street Phoenix, Unit No.12, Block No.43, Grand Galleria, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai – 400013. Tel: 400 48218;

(2) Inorbit Mall, G – 47, Sector 30, Vashi, Navi Mumbai – 400703;

(3) R-City Mall Shop no. S-33/A, 2nd Floor, L.B.S. Marg, Ghatkopar (w);

(4) Infiniti Mall, New Link Road, Malad (W)-64.
Main office Ph: 28203154


For Pune


306 Harmony wing II, North Avenue, Kalyani Nagar, Pune 411 006.

Ph: 00 91 9850084383 / 020 26651912

Nilaya Bandhej

Ground Floor, “Jayanti” Apats.,Next to Ratna Hospital, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune 411016

Ph: 020-25675358 / 9422306673


210, Siddharth Towers, S.No 12/3B, Kothrud, Pune – 29.

Ph: 020-56289576, 9822659804

Temple Tree 

Nirvana, Ground Floor, North Avenue, Kalyani Nagar, Pune 411014.

Ph: 020 64019812/ 26145094

Jagtap Nursery 

3, Near Golibar Maidan; Behind S M Joshi Hindi High School
Wanowari Bazaar, Phayre Road, Pune.

Ph: 020 – 26363432

Dr Sadhana Natu

1 Shree Sai Apt, Rutuja Park, Opp Orchid School, Baner, Pune- 411045

Ph: 65106478


Shop no.2 & 3,Building no.4, Sakal Nagar, Baner Road , next to Yashada, Pune-7.

Ph: 020-64004267

As citizens, we must take this step to celebrate the festival in a manner is safe and healthy for the environment as well.


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