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Earthy Ganeshas

Use eco-friendly terracotta images of the lord for puja available at Urvi, Weaves and Crafts this Ganesh Chaturthi.

COME SEPTEMBER 10 and it is time to worship Vinayaka, the remover of obstacles. The twin cities will see numerous community mandaps enshrined with painted Ganeshas. So will most homes.

With the hue and cry raised by environmentalists over the toxic effects of the chemical paints and steel polluting the lakes particularly the Hussain Sagar Lake, is it not necessary for you as a citizen to do your bit to stop this?

How can it be done? By using eco-friendly Ganeshas sans chemicals and steel for your puja. There cannot be a more eco-friendly material than terracotta. Terracotta Ganeshas may be devoid of colour as they are mostly in a monotone but they do not harm the environment.

Urvi, Weaves and Crafts (1st floor, Model House, Punjagutta), has some ethnic eco-friendly Ganeshas for this Ganesh Chaturthi.

These Ganeshas from Chittoor (Andhra Pradesh) and Panipat (Haryana) are ideal for the puja. Ethnic and slightly ornate, they are neatly sculpted out of clay. While the ones from Chittoor have the colour of geru, the ones from Panipat are earth-coloured. The Chittoor Ganeshas are placed on a pedestal.

The Ganeshas (in sitting posture and playing musical instruments) are available in different sizes and priced at Rs. 355, Rs. 195, Rs.160, Rs. 145 and Rs. 90.

So, add a touch of the earth for your puja this year.

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