The Elephant God’s festival is here! People celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with much enthusiasm every year. The festivity starts with installation of huge elaborately crafted statutes of Ganesha. People worship lord Ganesha for 10 days, prepare delicious sweets and savoury and on the last date, immerse the idol of Ganesha into water bodies. This practice has led to environmental damage. Keeping in mind the exploitation of environment, many people have now celebrate the festival in an eco-friendly way. One of then is Rintu Kalyani Rathod. Rintu who is a a commercial designer turned designer baker who makes edible Ganesha idol.

The lady made Ganesha idol out of chocolate last year weighing 28 kg and 32 inches tall. She makes use of milk instead of water for the visarjan and distributes the chocolate milk to underprivileged kids. This year too she has continued the practise. For Rintu Rathod it is not just made from chocolate but the creation is born out of her soul.

Infact she went ahead to make another chocolate Ganesha which took her 50 hours to make the idol this year weighing 35 kg and 38 inches tall. Last year she fed 1100 kids and this year she hopes to feed more children. She says, “Hope to distribute prasad to many more people this time, so bappa can stay in them forever. After all, bappa’s favourite place to reside is inside us, nowhere else.”

It is indeed a grate initiative that Rintu Rathod has come up with. We need more people like her who celebrate the festivity in a noble way. She brings smile to the faces and satiates hunger of many children. Kudos to the noble cause of this lady. Ganpati Bappa Morya! (Salman and the Khan family celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with much enthusiasm at Galaxy apartments!)