Trends come and go, but some things enter our lives and make their home. They’re here to stay, like the eco-friendly festival trend. Producing lesser waste during festivals is just one step towards a better world, but it’s a step more than before.
Last year we saw the chocolate Ganesh Idol who was immersed in milk instead of the sea. The chocolate milk was then distributed amongst kids from the lower strata of society. While this ingenious idea continued this year as well, communities have tried to step up their idol game.
The fish friends Ganesh is a rising trend with the clay shell stuffed with fish-friendly foods like corn, powdered chickpeas and spinach. Last year also saw the Raw banana Ganesh in Odisha where the bananas were given to everyone as prasad once they were ripe. So smart!
But this year, things got a little quirky. Mumbai saw a pani puri Ganesh idol made of 10000 pani puris and bamboo sticks. Ramesh Gudmewar made 10,000 puris in 100 hours. He also used a hardener to make sure that the idol didn’t break and survived the period of the puja. This idol is in Malad's Shyam Nirmal Mitra Mandal in Narsing Lane. See it while it’s still there. Once it’s immersed in water, all its traces will have vanished!
But do you think someone's tried eating a pani puri out of this Ganesh Idol?
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