Vijayram, an artist, gifts eco-friendly Ganesha idols free of cost for a noble cause

When the clarion call to make eco-friendly ‘Ganesha’ is still doing the rounds in official circles, like it does year after year with little or no effect, here is a single individual who has consistently been making the ‘ideal’ idol-moulding a reality. And what more, presenting the Ganesha free of cost!

Be it a one-foot high idol or a five-inch one, Vijayram takes pains to mobilise men and mud to cast 10,000 clay idols of ‘Ganesha’ sans emulsion or substances hazardous to environment. The only “price” one has to pay for taking the idol home is to attest one’s signature on a bill-book of sorts.

It contains a small printed pledge stating the taker (of Ganesha) will solemnly do his bit in spreading awareness on the need to replenish the depleting groundwater table of this city and pass it on as a legacy to his progeny.

A symbolic representation of the water pledge is displayed at the threshold of the shop in two goblets containing crystal clear water and polluted water of Hussainsagar, respectively.
Committed to the cause

The inconspicuous sweet shop ‘Emerald’, which houses these eco-friendly Ganesha idols is tucked away in the shade of two huge trees on the Indira Park road right opposite Ramakrishna Math. Mr. Vijayram is a confectioner by default. A committed environmentalist, he is a painter by choice.

Even the sweets in his shop are packaged in echo-friendly paper bags! “I believe in practising what I preach.

Already I have pumped in my own money and got 40 water harvesting pits in houses in and around this area, including mine to augment the groundwater table in summer,” says this young man with conviction.

It is his innate belief that the smallest of effort is the beginning of a dedicated movement.

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50,000 FREE Mud Ganesh Idols with Free Distribution – Eco friendly Ganesh Chaturthi 2010

This is a program of eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi and Ganesh Utsav in India. As part of this DNA collection paper from housing associations and other sites to create an 8-foot paper Ganesh idol in Mumbai on Ganesh Chaturthi 2010th They get good response from Mumbaikers program for social cause.

Eco-friendly Ganesha idols, to the newer method of reducing contamination of Ganesh immersion, will be available free of charge in Hyderabad for Ganesh Chaturthi 2010th Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) ties up with Save to prepare 50,000 mud Ganesh idols and to distribute for free. HMDA tied Society for Awareness and Vision for the Environment (SAVE) for all these eco-friendly Vinayak chavithi festivities.

SAVE will make smaller idols for fans to take home and Pandals 500 big idols will be prepared. The big idols will be about 4 / 5 meters. We all hope that this new initiative HMDA will work for clean and green Hyderabad.

Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) ties up with SAVE to prepare 50,000 mud Ganesh idols and to distribute free of cost. HMDA tied up with Society for Awareness and Vision on Environment (S.A.V.E) for all these eco-friendly Vinayaka chavithi festivities. For more details about the list of stalls or shops where clay Ganesha idols are sold, prices and all call – 9948656599, 9848799648, 9441063145, 040 – 27662668 (Chikkadpally), 9701224507, o40 – 23351892 (Punjagutta).

Best Eco Friendly Ganesh Festival 2010 Competition for best Green Ganesha idol in Hyderabad/Secunderabad

Eco Friendly Ganesh Festival 2010 competition led by SAVE (Society for Awareness and Vision on Environment) in collaboration with ACT (Aurora Cares for Them) is an initiative for eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi festival celebrations in Hyderabad. They have also announced prize money to the best Ganesh mantap association who conduct the entire act of Ganesh Navaratri celebrations in aeco friendly way and also perform Ganesh nimajjan without disturbing nature. The following are details.

Norms and rules for Eco Friendly Ganesh Festival 2010 Competition:

  • During Ganesh Navratri celebrations plastic bags and glasses and bottles should not be used. Paper plates and leaf bowls only shall be used.
  • Use of synthetic colours and dyes in the entire process of celebration and nimajjanam should be completely prohibited.
  • Vulgar songs and film imitation songs should not be played near the mantap or with the nimajjan procession. Vulgar filsm and vulgar dances are totally prohibited in this celebration. Burrakatha, puppet show, bhajans, harikathas etc should be used.
  • To avoid sound pollution, speakers should be used with the acceptable decibel limits. During nights, care should be taken to see that speakers are not used beyond the stipulated hours / time. Pandals should seek police permission in this regard and stick to the timings completely.
  • Celebrations must be done strictly according to our Indian culture and tradition.
  • On the nimajjan day, devotees accompanying the idol should wear Khadi or cotton dresses only.
  • Cloth banners must be used in place of flexi banners.
  • Pandals of Ganesh idols should be made of Bamboo only.
  • People should not be pressurized to pay money for the celebrations.
  • Use of electricity must be reduced to the maximum extent.
  • Illegal power connections should not be used. Permission from AP Transco must be taken through official order.
  • All permissions from the respective statutory authorities must be taken much before commencing the celebrations.
  • Environmental Awareness shall be a major component of celebrations.

Requirements for Evaluation:

Following material is required for the evaluation and shall be submitted in a sealed envelope at Aurora’s Business School, behind NIMS, Panjagutta, Hyderabad or Aurora’s Degree College, Chikkadpally, Hyderabad on or before 5 pm, 21st September 2010.

  • Video shoot of at least 10 minutes duration in a CD
  • A4 page note on celebrations and activities done by the association
  • 25 high resolution images in a CD
  • Paper cuttings if any, of the celebrations.

Evaluation Process:

Evaluation will be done by a Panel of Judges consisting of Environmental activists and student volunteers.

Prizes:

The best three Ganesh Mantap Associations would be given the following prizes:

  1. 1st Prize – Rs. 75,000
  2. 2nd Prize – Rs. 50,000
  3. 3rd Prize – Rs 25,000

All participating associations would be given Certificate of Appreciation.

Prize distribution would be done within the last of September 2010. The details would be intimated to all the participants in the second week of September 2010.

For further details about the clay Ganesh idols and Eco Friendly Ganesh Festival 2010 competition contact –

Deepak @ 98484 44950,
Ravi @ 99486 56599,
Jyotsna @ 97012 24507,
Kamesh @ 98487 99648,
Vijayaram @ 040 – 64514336.

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