Eco-friendly ganpati idols are winning hearts this Ganesh Chaturthi; see picshttps://indianexpress.com/photos/lifestyle-gallery/chocolate-bananas-oranges-snow-sand-bamboo-coconut-eco-friendly-ganpati-idols-winning-hearts-ganesh-chaturthi-visarjan-5979545/

Eco-friendly ganpati idols are winning hearts this Ganesh Chaturthi; see pics

True to the spirit of the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi that stands for togetherness and sustainability, many eco-friendly ganapatis have been created for this year's celebrations which will end on September 12 with "visarjan" of Ganesha idols. Notably, growing environmental concerns have led to the innovation of eco-friendly Ganesha idols — from coconut to chocolates, there are a whole range of ingredients that are being creatively used to fashion idols that are not just beautiful, but also sustainable. Here's a look at the most popular ones this year.

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Harjinder Singh Kukreja, a Sikh restaurateur and chocolatier in Ludhiana, prepared an edible Ganpati idol with pure dark Belgian chocolate this year. For visarjan, the idol was immersed in milk; and the chocolate milkshake was served to underprivileged children.(Source: Express photo by Gurmeet Singh)

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A Ganesha idol made using natural snow with India's lunar mission, Chandrayaan-2, as the backdrop has been installed at a pandal in Mumbai. The 5.50 feet tall Ganesha idol made of 300 kg snow at Snow World in Phoenix Mall is kept at -10 degrees celsius. (Source: ANI/Twitter)

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A village in Odisha started the tradition of using bananas and bamboos to create Ganesha idols in 2017. After the 10-day long festivities, the fruit eventually ripens and is distributed among the poor. This year too, the members of the Natraj Club in Sambalpur village created such an idol. (Source: Jagbharviral/Instagram)

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A splendid 30-feet high idol fashioned out of 9,000 coconuts has been installed near the Puttengally Ganesha temple in Bengaluru. The idol has been created by over 70 devotees. Apart from the coconuts, over 20 types of vegetables have been used for the decoration of the temple.(Source: ANI/Twitter)

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Actor Arjun Rampal shared a video of a Ganesha idol in Holland which appears to have been created using fresh oranges. Sharing the video on Instagram, he wrote, "Holland is the orange capital of the world. Every year the locals celebrate the Ganesha festival there, with their best produce. #ganeshchathurthi #Ganpatibapamorya. (Source: Arjun Rampal/Instagram)

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Sculptor Ajay Rawat made Lord Ganesh's head at Pushkar in Rajasthan. He posted on Twitter, "Ganesh ji for world peace". (Source: Ajay Rawat/Twitter)