Post-immersion, these Ganesha idols turn manure

Post-immersion, these Ganesha idols turn manure

Clay Ganesha idols are commonplace. But, what if your Ganesha idols could be recycled to make manure for plants. Ganesha idols made of cow dung have made it to the market shelves now.

Manufactured by the Ramachandrapura Mutt, these are presently available at select locations in the city. Speaking to DH, Sandeep Gopal, one of the vendors at a shop in KR Puram, said that the idols were made of clay and cow dung.

“The idols are handmade. The Mutt has about 20 cow sheds and the dung is collected from there. Clay is added to it and the mixture is moulded into idols,” he said. 

These Ganesha idols are being made for the last three years and Gopal said that the response has been good.

“About 2,000 of them are made each year. There is a good demand for these,” he said.
These idols come in a standard size of one-foot height and weigh 1.3 kg each. In many parts of Maharashtra, the ones made just of cow dung and painted in vegetable colours are available.

The idols are available at Sri Balaji Organics in KR Puram and another shop at Girinagar. For those ordering three days before the festival, the shop assures free home delivery.

Gopal said that these idols could be immersed in a bucket of water at home and the remains can be used as manure. While the ones made of clay are priced at Rs 225, the idols that have cow dung are priced at Rs 275.

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