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Bollywood actors promote eco-friendly idols ahead of Hindu festival

STORY: Bollywood actors Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma promoted eco-friendly idols of elephant god Ganesha, ahead of Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi in India’s entertainment capital Mumbai on Tuesday (September 11).

Dhawan and Sharma took part in the celebrations as part of the promotions for their upcoming comedy-drama film, Sui Dhaaga’ (needle and thread).

The actors reiterated the need for more eco-friendly alternatives wherever possible with Sharma saying we need to safeguard the environment for the future generation.

Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day long festival which marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha, son of Hindu gods Shiva and Parvati.

Elaborately painted and decorated idols are worshipped before mass processions take them to nearby rivers, lakes and the sea where they are immersed in accordance with Hindu faith.

As per the environmentalists, plastic of paris does not dissolve easily and reduce the oxygen level in the water resulting in the death of fish and other aquatic organisms.

About 80 percent of India’s 1.3 billion population are Hindus but in recent years, their religious festivals and customs have come under increasing scrutiny as public awareness of environmental issues grows.

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