The Insider’s Chemistry Guide to Ganesha Festival! - WorldOfChemicals

The Insider’s Chemistry Guide to Ganesha Festival!

Ganesh Idol

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the people of India. The festival brings lots of joy, happiness and teaches several important lessons such as being merciful, trustworthy, self-restraint and many moralistic etiquette’s of life.

The festival is celebrated as a birthday of Lord Ganesha, an elephant-headed lord who is considered to be a powerful, intellect and pardoner. This festival is a very auspicious day celebrated to pray the god so that every new activity that is started is successfully completed without any obstacles. A giant idol of Ganesha is made with clay & colored fantastically to attract the devotees.

The Idol is kept & worshiped for several days [3/5/7/10 days] & then with great pomp & show, the idol is immersed in water which is called as Ganesh Visarjan. This whole concept teaches us an important lesson of life i.e. a human who is made up of clay again goes back to its descent.

Plaster of Paris (POP) is the major material used to make the Ganesha idols.

But What is POP?

Its nothing but fine white powder (calcium sulfate hemihydrate), which hardens when moistened and allowed to dry. Plaster of Paris came term derived from its preparation from the abundant gypsum found near Paris, but at times a lime is mixed with water it became the main composition of POP.

POP is mainly used for decoration purpose, the decoration that’s made on a ceiling is all done with POP, it is also used by doctors set broken bones. The main advantage of POP is, with little efforts the whole idol can be crafted if POP is used, and it is also easy to paint a Ganesha idol which is built with Plaster of Paris.

POP takes little extra time to get meltdown when immersed in water, whereas the clay melts very soon when mixed with water. This is why Ganesha idol when dipped in water consumes extra time for the complete disappearance and also pollutes the water bodies and the life in the water bodies. To avoid this pollution it is better to use the idols which are made of up clay, it not only melts very fast but causes no harm to the environment.

Clay is a natural product made up of natural rock that’s finely grained, it comprises a little amount of metal oxides & several organic matters. It has the ability to retain moisture & consists of a huge amount of nutrients in it. Hydrous Aluminum Phyllosilicates, Iron, Magnesium, Alkali Metals, Cations are some of the minerals that are present in clay.

Earlier, the coloring of Ganesha was made natural. Ganesha idol painted with natural colors looked overwhelmingly attractive, however with the dawn of several synthetic paintings, the use of natural colors diminished to a considerable extent. Most of the Ganesha idols are now painted with several artificial colors.

Well, all these synthetic or artificial paintings should be used in an appropriate quantity, otherwise, there is a risk of pollution of aqua, after the immersion ritual. Synthetic Paints are usually made up of Pigments, Additives, Solvents & Binders, all these, when blended appropriately, forms a synthetic paint.

Most of the solvents, additives, binders poses the virtue of causing chemical pollution. However, natural colors have zero tolerance for pollution, they hardly cause any pollution. These natural colors are the pigments extracted from vegetables, minerals, insects, etc.

WorldOfChemicals Wishes You a Very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!.

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