Ganapati that grows into a treeDattadri Kothur, an artist from Lower Parel in Mumbai has developed a process to make Ganesha idol which grows into plants after the festival is over.
He uses red soil, organic fertilisers and 'shadu' clay filled seeds of plants for making idols. 'Shadu' is a kind of clay only found on the river banks, mostly in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Konkan region and is traditionally used for making Ganesha idol.
After the festival is over, such idols can be watered instead of immersing the same in water bodies. The clay gradually melts and the seeds inside the idol start sprouting and finally grow into a plant.
A unique eco-friendly way to celebrate the Ganesha Chaturthi festival responsibly!