Mumbai: As Ganesh Chaturthi started on Monday, celebs have all welcomed Lord Ganesha, the lord of knowledge and wisdom, to their homes. Everyone have also posted photos of lord Ganpati at their homes and the celebration with it.

But actor Riteish Deshmukh posted a video that has caught the heart of the internet. He made the Ganesha idol at his home out of mud and clay and said with this he wanted to send a message for environment friendly celebration of the festival.

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Actor Dia Mirza has also called for a environment-friendly celebration and also went on to explain in her post, how the big idols made out of plaster of paris and plastic are harming the marine ecosystem when it is finally drowned in the ocean after the 12-day festival gets over.

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Ganpati Bappa Morya! Traditionally we made clay idols and then immersed them in water to denote the Birth Cycle of Lord Ganesha/Ganpati who was created from Clay/Earth. Visarjan in its own way talks about nature's life cycle and while it should be one of the most Eco friendly events in India, it has become something else all together. Clay Handmade Idols have been replaced with Plaster of Paris and Plastic. Natural brown colour of clay is replaced by toxic paints to make idols shiny and sparkly. Size plays a big role on asserting importance or power of the celebration. “Mine is bigger than yours syndrome!” And then there are those awful unnatural plastic/thermocole decorations! All this is immersed in our seas/rivers/ponds/lakes without caring about the consequences. The consequences are dangerous, a complete contamination of our waters, soil and food chain. Surely Ganpati Bappa would never want to be responsible for harming that what he was born from? This Ganpati Visarjan, take this as an opportunity to understand the meaning of a birth cycle, go minimal, natural and sustainable 💚🙏🏻 #BeatPlasticPollution #SayNoToSingleUsePlastic #GreenGanesha #EcoCelebrations #EarthFriendlyFestivals #GanpatiBappaMorya @earthlingfirst @greenmomsindia @moefccgoi @narendramodi @unenvironment @undpinindia @treeganesha @bigfmindia @bigfmrani

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