The most awaited festival of all Ganesha fans is just around the corner! Everyone wants to get the best looking Ganesha to their home. And while trying to get the most expensive and scintillating idols, we often overlook
the aftermath of this uninformed excitement. By buying unconsciously we are polluting the environment. We ignore the fact that the Plaster of Paris (PoP) Ganpati idols take several months or sometimes even years to
dissolve completely. So this year, let us try to reduce the burden on our Mother Nature and use clay statues painted with lead and mercury free colours!
Here are a few environment friendly tips that will add to your classy home decoration this festive season:
Adding to the festive colours, intricately designed carpets put before the Ganesh idol always adds to the traditional look while you performing the aarti with your guests. Choose a subtle colour palette and texture so that it matches with the Ganpati idol or gives it a unique contrast.
Artificial flowers are an integral part of any decoration during festivals. Apart from looking almost real, they can sustain the fresh look throughout the ten-day festival. The puja sthan and your home will look good with these flowers at all times.
This gives your guests a humble yet stylish welcome. Ceramic rangolis also add value to the decor aesthetically, functionally as well as environmentally. This modern floor embellishment can also hold diyas within the Rangoli and does not involve any synthetic colours.
Fairy lights can amp up any kind of decoration. The glittering lights brighten up the spirits too. You can twist and mold them into any shape and pattern of your creative desire and watch the lights illuminate your home. Use these soft, yellow lights against the high-voltage LED bulbs and give your living room decor an elegant and environment friendly touch!
Go green and gather all those gorgeous plants to welcome Ganpati in your home this year! You can also choose to create a background with tall plants like Bamboo sticks, pines and palms. For creating beautiful hangings, you can choose between Mona Lisa Red, Quicksilver, Scindapsus etc. Create pillar and make sit creative planters with flowering plants.
Show some love for colours and create a canopy of colourful dupattas. You can embellish it further with fairy lights and marigold garlands or strings.
This is an interesting concept. You can try a theme décor this Ganesh Chaturthi. One of the themes that you can try is decoration with pencils is a great and unique idea. It denotes the power of knowledge and writing and the blessings of Ganpati is what one seeks for this. And what more, the pencils are environmental friendly objects too.
Traditional decorations you can use
An interesting way to decorate Ganpati Sthaan, you can also make use of the puja essentials for Ganesh Chaturthi.
Mouli can be used to cover the pillars of the temple or as a string to hand various decoration items. It is considered auspicious and is an essential article for any puja. It is environmental friendly too.
Take some inspiration from Bollywood and try a completely ‘kalash’ themed decoration. Remember Jitendra and Sridevi in the popular song from Himmatwala? Recreate the magic with small matkas or kalash made of mud to decorate your ganpati sthaan this year. These colourful matkas are easily available and since they are made of mud, they are easily soluble in water and do not contaminate our water bodies.
Betel leaf or paan ke patte is another puja essential during Ganesh Chaturthi. You can create a canopy of these leaves which is auspicious and looks refreshing too. You can bead in betel nuts too to create an innovative canopy.
Last but no t the least, diyas made of mud look extremely beautiful and light the Ganpati sthaan like nothing else does. They are environmental friendly and look gorgeous too. You can decorate them or paint them in different colours and welcome your Ganpati with these bright diyas.
Nothing beats the pleasing fragrance of fresh flowers and the beauty they add to an area. Marigold or rose strings and garlands, you can make gorgeous canopies, rangolis and other decorations with these and please our Vighn Vinayak.