Idols, Patents and Ganesha- Happy Vinayaka Chavithi!

The Hindu God Ganesha is known as the “herald of auspicious beginnings” and considered to be the most “beloved deity of all”

Ganesh Chaturthi, an auspicious festival observed in the month of Bhadra (mid August – mid September) according to the Hindu calendar is celebrated with utmost devotion and joy in many states in India and even outside the country. Ganesha, is known by 108 different names and is considered to be a symbol of good fortune, wisdom, prosperity and health. As the country prepares to get into the mood to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi, the streets are filled with idols of all shapes and sizes. With the increasing awareness about environment protection, many innovative methods are being used to make eco-friendly idols. On this felicitous day, we bring to you some interesting trivia about a few patents related to idols.

An invention as disclosed in Indian Patent Application number 1056/DEL/2000 is a synergistic composition useful in making art objects and idols from industrial and agricultural wastes. The method, as disclosed, comprises “mixing of paper pulp waste, clay, rice husk ash and fly ash with water for 10-15 hours , converting the mixture to mud or slip by conventional method, moulding or slip casting to desired shape, drying the fabricated shape, finishing and painting by known methods”. This invention has indeed paved a way to utilize industrial wastes and otherwise pollutant waste paper pulp for making idols and art object.

Further, another invention as disclosed in the application number CN200520118834 is an idol with a voice and fragrance. “Broadly, the application disclosed relates to an image of luck and safety with voice and aroma and, – mainly relates to mascots decorated indoors and in motor vehicles. The utility model is designed to meet the requirements that when people with different beliefs worship their spiritual images indoors and in motor vehicles, the blessing voice of worshiped images could be heard and the air in the room or car could be purified”.

From all of us here at BananaIP, we wish you a very happy Ganesh Chathurti. May you have a day filled love and modaks!

Authored by Anjali Santhosh