Go green for Ganesha

Sep 06, 2013, 03:27 IST | Soma Das

With Ganesh Utsav right around the corner, Soma Das suggests you take the eco-friendly route

DIY Ganesha
ToyKraft offers three kits (all `399) which are compendiums of various arts. The Go Art with Ganesh kit includes clay mosaics and finger painting kits, Hobby with Holy Ganesha uses clay, sand art, mould and paint and Ganesha Galore kits which make use of different art techniques such as glass painting and quilling.
At: Crossword, Hamleys and Landmark.
Log on to: www.toy-kraft.com
Terracotta Ganesh Rs 1,490

Papier mache, clay idols
Home decor store Dhoop offers eco-friendly idols made from biodegradable materials such as papier mache, unfired clay from Maharashtra (red in colour), or clay from Karnataka (grey in colour). They also have a 2-feet idol made of papier mache.
At: Prem Sagar, off Linking Road, Khar (W).
Call: 26498646
Large Ganpati idol Rs 3,000

Go natural for Ganesha
Nirmitee Arts hosts an annual Vakratund Mela (till September 10) offering eco-friendly idols. Their idols are made of beetle nut (Supari), seeds, dried bottle gourd (dudhi), dried mushroom, etc.
At: Nirmitee Arts, Khosravi Estate, SK Bole Road, Dadar (W).
Call: 24229139
8 inch Ganpati idol Rs 2,800

Coconut shell Ganeshas
At Omved, they have four types of eco-friendly idols. The Sriphala Ganesh is made of an elliptic coconut shell with a hard wood. The Shaadu Ganesh idol has been sculpted with white clay from Pune. The terracotta Ganesh is hand-crafted from earthen red clay and painted with non-toxic paints. The Make-Your-Own Ganesh Kit is a Shaadu Ganesha home kit, which provides the necessary tools and a step-by-step video guide to create the idol. 
At: Omved, High Street Phoenix, Lower Parel.
Log on to: www.omved.com 

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