VISHAKAPATNAM: The organizers of Ganesh Festival have launched various themes to create awareness on issues like plastic pollution during the festival which starts on August 31.
Surprisingly, for the first time, the Ganesha image has been placed in one place in a jute bag. A ‘rat’ carries a bag on the stage at a pandal in Thatichetlapalem. Other topics include Covid-19 Vaccination, Save Trees, Helmet Use and Cyber Safety.
Peela Hariprasad, the founder of Yuvasevam, said that the festival is organized with different themes every year. This time, it was ‘plastic versus environmental protection’.
“The Ganesh idol is kept in a jute bag in our pandal. The message is to prefer cloth bags over plastic. All decorations are made of eco-friendly materials. We don’t think about the size of the image or the decorations, but the concept,” Hariprasad told DC.
Polimera Durgarao made Ganesha idols from paper at Madugula KJ Puram. All the villagers worship the lord on paper.
In view of the Covid-19 pandemic since March 2020, there have been no public events on Ganesh Chaturthi in the last two years.
This time, the organizers will keep the celebration on a grand scale as the festival has no restrictions.
GVMC chief medical officer KSLG Sastry said, “Vinayaka Chaturthi was not celebrated for the last two years due to Covid-19 protocols. Now the health system is normal. Hence, it has been opened. portals to rekindle the spirit of joy in the city according to the guiding principles.