Plant a Ganesha, immerse a tree

With everybody in Mumbai talking about switching to environmental friendly ways to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, doctors at KEM Hospital in Parel, in collaboration with Maharashtra association of Resident Doctors (MARD) have started an initiative wherein doctors will make an idol of Lord Ganesha with a coconut sapling

Plant a Ganesha, immerse a tree

The festive season will soon be upon us, this is the season for fun and frolic. As for the rest of us, doctors at KEM Hospital and Medical College are all set to bring in their much-appreciated ‘tree Ganesha’, a move to get a 100% eco-friendly Ganpati to the hospital.

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“My mother, Dr Mamta Kabra had started the concept of making a tree Ganesha, made out of a coconut sapling in Jalgaon in 2013. As his mother’s idea turned out to be a grand success, we at KEM hospital along with the help of many resident doctors have started with this concept of making eco-friendly Ganpati since last year,” said Dr Yashowardhan Kabra, President Central, Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD).

Plant a Ganesha, immerse a tree

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The tree Ganesha is basically made using the shadumathi, a kind of mud and coloured using gheru (to give red colour) and gopichandan (to give yellow colour). Last year, about twelve resident doctors helped in making the idol and this year too, twelve doctors and interns will help in making the idol.

“This is to train as many interns, resident doctors and staff about the ways and means to celebrate the festival in an environmentally friendly way. This year, I too, train other doctors about making the idol. Apart from hosting this eco-friendly Ganpati, we will host donation camps in the hospital during the festivals such as organ donation and blood donation,” said Dr Rajesh Katre, President of KEM MARD.

During the seventh day of the immersion, the Ganpati will be immersed in a small bucket and then planted under the soil.

“The idea is to let people know about such environmental friendly ways of celebrating a festival. We will have multiple ministers visiting our idol as a means to promote the cause,” added Dr Kabra.