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Idol immersion directive evokes mixed response – The Hindu

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A list of 13 directions issued by the Collector with regard to the celebrations this year includes an appeal to the people to avoid using Vinayagar idols made of Gypsum Plaster, popularly known as Plaster of Paris, and coloured with synthetic paints.

He fears that immersing idols made of Gypsum Plaster in water bodies would increase the salt content in water and lead to skin diseases and digestion problems for those who consume it.

The harmful chemicals in synthetic paints are also believed to pollute water bodies. Therefore, he had made a fervent appeal to use only idols made of clay, waste paper or timber.

via Idol immersion directive evokes mixed response – The Hindu.

 

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Written by Elizabeth McCullough

August 29, 2013 at 12:46 pm

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