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Students look forward to celebrating eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi

Apeejay School, Kharghar organises a Ganesh idol making workshop in which students learned the value of reusing and recycling of materials to create beautiful Ganpati murtis

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Elephant-headed Hindu god Lord Ganesh is the embodiment of all that is auspicious in the world. He is the Lord of new beginnings and it’s believed that worshiping him removes all obstacles from life. In return, all Ganesha desires from a devotee is just a faith that is true. Thus, every year, devotees eagerly await Bappa’s arrival to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, a 10-day festival. 

In line with the aforementioned thought and preparing for the upcoming festivities, Apeejay School, Kharghar recently conducted an eco-friendly Ganesh idol making workshop.  Young learners enthusiastically took part in the workshop and made beautiful Ganesh idols using clay while decorating it very creatively. 

The workshop began with an interactive talk on the concepts of ‘recycling and reusing’. Students were made to understand how the cost of any commodity is the cost of the countless efforts put into its production by both nature and man. The students understood how they could save money as well as their efforts when they practice the principles of recycling and reusing. During the session, young attendees also realised that man must return responsibly what is borrowed from nature. The discussion was followed by an elaborate demonstration of idol making.

Resource persons from Rotary Club, Ms. Navinder Dhillon and Ms. Poonam Bhargava demonstrated the process of making Ganesh idol. The students observed vigilantly and learnt the correct way of cutting, holding, and moulding the clay to form an idol. Close attention was given to the basic structure but the students had the freedom of decorating the idols with ornaments and accessories as per their creativity and imagination.

Some of the key takeaways from the workshop was learning a new art form, team work as one worked with friends, a love for nature and understanding the importance of recycling and reusing. Students and teachers alike were amazed with the end result as students created beautiful Ganesh idols. It was an immensely successful workshop amongst the students, it spread a spirit of great fun and even greater learning. 

“Ganesh Chaturthi is one of India’s favorite festivals. It celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha who is the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. His childhood tales are stories of wisdom that most Indians have grown up listening to. And this is the reason why most children consider Lord Ganesha as their friend .
Students participated in the Ganesh idol making workshop with lot of enthusiasm and created beautiful idols showing their love and trust on the God of wisdom and intelligence.”

– Tejaswini S Katdare Principal, Apeejay School, Kharghar

Arijit Roy is a young correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. He has done his masters in English literature from Delhi University and has a book of poems published by Writers Workshop India. He can be reached at [email protected]

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