Here’s how you can make eco-friendly Ganesh at home

This year, the pandemic and lockdown have altered the way the Ganesh Chaturthi or any other festival will be celebrated. With social distancing protocols in place, many pandals will not bring in idols and people are encouraged to celebrate the grand festival at the household level. Immersion guidelines vary from one state to another. 
While that is one part of the celebration, we at The Better Andhra decided to give you a tutorial on how to make an eco-friendly Ganesh at home. 
Materials Required: 
  • Clay
  • Water
  • Toothpicks
  • Seeds (optional) 
  • Knife or spoon
Time taken: 30 minutes for 3-4 inch Ganesha idol 
Steps to do:
  1. Prepare the dough by mixing water and clay. If you want your idol to give you a plant, infuse the dough with any seed of your choice.
  2. Cut them into different pieces or body parts including torso, hands, ears, trunk, face and legs.
  3. Take a separate piece to form the base of the idol. Flatten it and give it a square shape.
  4. Make a ball (torso) and join it with the base. Use 2 toothpicks to join or you can also use water drops. 
  5. Make the hands, legs and the trunk of the idol. For legs, make long rolls and flatten the edges outwards and stick it to the torso.
  6. Take one roll and semi-wrap it around the idol from behind. For the right hand, flatten the edge and make it upward like a blessing. Carve the fingers on the palm. For the left hand, you can place a ladoo.
  7. Take the head (round shape) and place it above the torso
  8. Take another long roll (trunk) and make it curvy. Stick it at the centre of the head. You can either give a pointy look or tilt it towards the left hand which has a laddoo.
  9. Make small size balls for eyes and ears. Shape the ears and eyes and stick them in the final step.
  10. Once a rough layout of the ganpati idol is ready, use a knife or toothpicks to rule to make intricate dhoti designs. Use the extra clay to make the crown or stole. Place the idol in a steel bowl or on a banana leaf.

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