Cummins India develops eco-friendly plaster for Ganesh idols

Engineers with the firm Cummins India have developed a sustainable and eco-friendly way of dissolving the plaster of Paris idols that are commonly dunked in water during the major Hindu festival of Ganesh; one of the most worshipped deities of India, Lord Ganesha is the elephant-headed deity whose festival takes place from mid-August to mid-September in India, during which a major part of the celebration is dunking plaster of Paris idols in various waterways.

This is done to say goodbye to Lord Ganesha at the end of the festival. However, due to the not very biodegradable nature of the plaster of Paris, which is also known as gypsum plaster, many bodies of water, with their flora and fauna included, suffer because of it.

However, thanks to the combined efforts of the Cummins India engineers, a successful solution has been found that mixes commonly available food-based chemicals with water. This water is then sprayed onto the idols.

Once sprayed, those idols are then put into a special tank that dissolves the idols over a length of time. The liquid and sludge left over after the idols have been dissolved can be used as a fertilizer for green spaces to produce chalk or, alternatively, sold off to the cement and construction industries.

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