Our scriptures say that immersion of Shri Ganesh’s Idol must be done in flowing water or a reservoir. However, some people view the ‘immersion of the Idol’ as an act that causes water pollution, famine etc.
As a remedy, some anti-Hindu or heretic organisations that do not believe in our scriptures make ridiculous appeals to the people to donate Idols instead of immersing them. Besides being unscientific, donation of Idols is an insult to Shri Ganesh.
Following are the reasons why donation of Idols is unscientific and actually amount to denigration.
1. Immersing the Idol on Ganesh Chaturthi in the month of Bhadrapad is a religious ritual.
2. Donating a Deity or to accepting a Deity in donation is a grave insult to Deities; for, we humans do not have the ability to offer or accept Deities in donation.
3. Idols are not toys or showpieces that can be discarded or donated after use as per one’s whims and fancies. It has been observed that workers of some organisations collect Idols after Ganesh Chaturthi and throw them in stone quarries.
Participate in the Dharmik campaigns organised by Sanatan Sanstha to educate the society on the correct perspectives according to our scriptures !
What is the need for a new Idol ?
Despite having an Idol of Shri Ganesh for day-to-day worship, the reason for bringing a new Idol for Shri Ganesh Chaturthi is that blessings of Shri Ganesh are more active on the earth during this period. If these blessings are invoked in the usual Idol of worship, it will imbibe a vast amount of energy. It will be difficult to worship such an Idol meticulously in abiding by all the norms of karmakanda (Ritualistic worship, as laid down by the scriptures) throughout the year. Hence, a new Idol is installed to invoke the blessings of Shri Ganesh.
Sanatan’s efforts to prevent
malpractices in the celebration of Ganesh festival
1. Through Periodicals, exposing various malpractices taking place in the festival.
2. Putting up posters and banners to prevent malpractices.
3. Meeting the Ganesh festival committees and requesting them to prevent malpractices.
4. Seeking help from social organisations, administrative officers and the Police to take action against those who indulge in malpractices.
5. Educating sculptors on making the Ganesh Idol as specified in our scriptures.
6. Arranging discourses on the scriptural injunctions pertaining to the worship of Shri Ganesh and the ideal way of celebrating Shri Ganesh festival.
7. Giving adequate publicity to what is desirable and undesirable in the celebration of Shri Ganesh festival and the adverse effects of firecrackers.
8. Arranging Quiz contests for students on topics of protecting the Nation and awakening of Dharma, as also knowledge on Shri Ganesh.