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Where does Idol Immersion take place?

In Sangli, idol immersion for Ganesh Chaturthi takes place at several key locations to accommodate devotees and ensure smooth festivities. The primary sites include:

  1. Krishna River: Specific ghats along the river are designated for immersion ceremonies, providing ample space for devotees.
  2. Irwin Bridge Area: Near the Krishna River, this area is popular for its accessibility and capacity to handle large crowds.
  3. Artificial Ponds: To minimize environmental impact, local authorities set up temporary ponds in various parts of the city, specifically designed for idol immersion.
  4. Local Lakes and Ponds: Smaller lakes and ponds within the city and surrounding areas are also used, chosen for their convenience to local neighborhoods.
Krishna River

Krishna River

Irwin Bridge

Irwin Bridge

Ganesh Visarjan

Sangli Water Pollution

Material Used

In Sangli, Maharashtra, the creation of Ganesh idols involves a variety of materials, blending traditional methods with modern innovations. Traditionally, natural clay (Shadu Mati) is used, which is eco-friendly and dissolves easily in water during immersion, making it the preferred choice for environmentally conscious artisans. However, Plaster of Paris (PoP) is also widely used due to its ease of molding and detailing, although it poses environmental concerns since it does not dissolve easily in water. To address these concerns, some artisans have turned to eco-friendly alternatives such as paper mache, which uses paper pulp and natural adhesives, making the idols lightweight and biodegradable. Additionally, cow dung mixed with other natural materials is sometimes used, reflecting its sacred status in Hindu culture and its biodegradable nature. There has also been a push towards using recycled materials, including waste paper and plant-based substances, to create sustainable idols. Artisans in Sangli often enhance these eco-friendly idols with natural dyes and organic paints, contributing to a more environmentally conscious celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi.

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