Preparing for an eco-friendly Ganesha festival at Kaikondrahalli Lake

The nightmare of our lakes is fast approaching. Yes, this is the time of year that every lake that has water in it would actually be wishing it was dry enough to turn away devotees of Lord Ganesha. Every year during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, thousands of idols that do not dissolve/ with hazardous paint and paraphenalia (not environmentally friendly) find their way to lakes and immersion tanks, creating tons of garbage after the festival.
This year, in order to encourage people to use clay Ganesha idols, MAPSAS will be doing two events at Kaikondarahalli Lake on Sunday, 13th September 2015.
EVENT 1 – Ganesha Idol Making Workshop
Rs 300 per person
Starting at 10:00 a.m.
This will be conducted by Pavan from Potters Club.
All materials (moulds, clay, etc.,) will be provided. You can take your idol home, pray to it and bring it back to the tank at the lake for immersion and feel good that you haven’t done harm to our environment.
The charge of Rs.300 per person will pay for the instruction, clay, transportation of the materials, etc.  A part of the proceeds will also go towards filling and cleaning the tank during the days when people throng to the lake to do immersions.
20 people can attend the workshop at a time. If there are more than 20 people additional sessions will be held. Prior registration is required for this event. Please email if you are interested in attending this session. If there are more than 20 registrations, the timings for the next sessions will be decided.
EVENT 2 – Magic Show and Skit
Starting at 11:00 a.m.
The magic show and skit are aimed at raising awareness about eco-friendly Ganesha celebrations. This is being organised by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board. Details in the poster.


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Arathi is a market researcher who loves to run and write. She has been actively involved in issues that affect citizens, including apartment management, waste management and lakes. She used to live in Mumbai and is now based in Bengaluru, working as a Community Anchor with Citizen Matters.