Uttar Pradesh artists take up to eco-friendly idols for Durga Puja

September 29th, 2010 - 5:34 pm ICT by ANI  

By Girish Dubey

Varanasi, Sep. 29 (ANI): Ahead of Durga Puja idols of gods are being made here from environment-friendly materials to save the River Ganga from pollution. The idols are immersed in it at the culmination of the festival.

“This year we started using natural colours. We use turmeric for yellow colour and leaf for green colour. We are using natural colours to prevent our holy river Ganga from getting polluted,” said Chitranjan Pal, an artist.

Earlier, the idols used to be made from materials like plaster of Paris, which do not dissolve easily and reduced the oxygen level in the water, resulting in the deaths of fish and other aquatic animals.

But the idols this year are being made of clay, and they are also being colored with natural colours, which are safe and will not pollute the River Ganga.

“We make colours out of natural things so that there are no chances of pollution or infection,” said Sushant Kumar Pal, an artist. (ANI)

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