Shravan Krushna 2/3, Kaliyug Varsha 5114
Panaji (Goa) : Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) has appealed to the Chief Minister of Goa not to encourage Ganesh idols made up of paper but continue with Ganesh Idols made of clay as per the scriptures and respect the sentiments of Hindus and safeguard the environment.
Government of Goa has expressed amending the Bill regarding eco-friendly idols during the ongoing assembly session. The government is thinking of encouraging eco-friendly Ganesh idols made up of paper. In this regards HJS has submitted the above memorandum.
The memorandum has highlighted importance of Ganesh Idols made up of clay i.e., as per Hindu scriptures. The memorandum says that, as per Spiritual Science, every Deity is a Tattva (Principle). Shabda, Sparsh, Roop, Rasa, Gandha (Sound, Touch, Form, Taste and Smell) and the Energy related to it co-exist. According to this Doctrine, the Deity Principle gets attracted towards the idol if the idol is made as prescribed by the Scriptures. As per Kishore Vasantrao Mardikar, an environmentalist and an advisor of Maharashtra Pollution Control Board Ganesh idols made up of paper-pulp and trash dissolve in water quickly, however the paper pulp absorbs oxygen from water endangering life of aquatic animals. Committing an act that is against the scriptures amounts to hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus. It would be well appreciated if the government takes into consideration the opinion of authorities in the field of religion while making policy decisions on matters pertaining to faith and religion. HJS has forwarded this memorandum to environment minister, MLA and Chairman of GHRSSID Corporation Lavu Mamletdar and Ex.MLA Shri. Damu Naik.