In the year 2004, under the inspiration and guidance of Shri Aniruddha Bapu ( Dr. Aniruddha D Joshi, MD, Medicine), Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation started making Ganesh idols using paper pulp and other biodegradable material. The paper pulp used for making Ganesh idols in our organization is from the paper of Ram Naam books collected by Aniruddha’s Universal Bank of Ramnam. This makes it all the more pious. Ganesh idols are made of paper mash & natural gum. The idol completely dissolves in water without releasing any gases. Bio-degradable material like natural gum, whitener etc. is used which is environment friendly. The activity is now spread over 138 places across Maharashtra including Mumbai, Pune, Satara, Kolhapur, Dhule and Ratnagiri. A fleet of more than 2900 trained volunteers are involved in this activity. Considering the environmental advantages Eco-friendly Ganesh idols are currently promoted on a large scale across the masses.
Our Organisation also arranges free training camps to impart knowledge in making of these idols. The activity which had started with 335 idols during the year 2004 has now reached the four figure mark with more than 4000 idols being made during the current year.