In Surat over twenty thousand Ganesha idols are displayed every year. This year all the pandalas have decided that no idol will be made of Plaster of Paris. It has been decided by the Surat Ganesha Utsava Mandala that during the ten-day festival, 25,000 trees will also be planted to make the city greener.
We need to do the following while celebrating the festival.
-Promoting the use of unpainted clay idols of Lord Ganesha
-Using idols of small size.
-Using the natural dyes for painting the idols
-Ensuring the proper immersion of idols and disposal of other material used during the festival.
-Promoting group singing of devotional songs rather than loud playing of CDs in temples and at Pandalas.
-Encouraging cooperation rather than competition among various Pandalas.
-Not falling prey to market promoted gimmicks of loud decorations of Pandalas.
Since Lord Ganesha stands for wisdom, it is essentials for the devotees to revisit the meaning and essence of wisdom on the occasion of Ganesha Chaturthi by stopping environmental degradation.