3,788 Ganesh idols donated this year

Prajakta Joshi
Tuesday, 25 September 2018

According to the data from Pune Municipal Corporation, 3,788 Ganesh idols were donated by people at the stalls set up by civic body at several ghats in the city, the number is being higher by around 1,000 than last year.

Pune: While donating the Ganesh idol instead of immersing it in the water after the festival is a concept still alien to many devotees, the number of people following this practice has increased since last year in the city.

According to the data from Pune Municipal Corporation, 3,788 Ganesh idols were donated by people at the stalls set up by civic body at several ghats in the city, the number is being higher by around 1,000 than last year.

“Last year, the number of idols donated was 2,873. We are very happy that the number has positively ascended this year. This is a sign that more and more Puneites now want to celebrate festivals in an eco-friendly manner,” PMC Zonal Commissioner Dnyaneshwar Molak said.

Rahul, one of the contractors working at two river ghats to oversee the process of idol immersion and donation for PMC, said, “While most of the people nowadays immerse idols in the tanks instead of river, not many are inclined towards donating the idols as they believe that according to the religious rituals, those compulsorily need to be immersed in water. There are very few who are alright with donating the idols.”

Molak said, “The idols collected by the PMC are either sent for restoration so that they can be reused next year, or are given to the schools in villages.” 

When asked about whether PMC conducts programmes to make people aware of idol donation, he said, “At present, we do not have any such programme in place. However, looking at how beneficial this could be and people’s response, we are planning to hold awareness drive next year.”

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