Meet Mumbai's Edible Lord Ganesha Idol Crafted from Chocolate, Millets
A Mumbai designer has added a unique twist to the Lord Ganpati festival by crafting a 'Bappa' idol using chocolate and various millets.
Rintu Rathod, a resident of Santacruz, unveiled a two-foot Ganesha idol, entirely edible, presented in 'Vrischikasana' or the scorpion pose, inspired by ancient Puranas and Rathod's recent naturopathy course.
This unique idol was crafted using cocoa powder and nine different types of millets, along with the International Year of Millets celebration. A paste comprising dried figs, cashews, almonds, saffron, cardamom, jaggery, and edible gum served as the binding agent.
The Idol weights 40 kg and required 20 hours of craftsmanship and is preserved in an air-conditioned room to prevent melting.
Rathod's inspiration arose from an encounter at Juhu Beach, where she witnessed fragments of Ganpati idols washed ashore, prompting her to explore eco-friendly alternatives. Over the past 12 years, she has crafted chocolate idols, sometimes using materials like Kheer.
This chocolate 'Bappa' will undergo immersion in milk on the 11th day, and the chocolate-infused milk will be shared with family, friends, and underprivileged children. This eco-friendly approach allows for adherence to traditions while minimizing environmental impact, spreading joy among children when 'Bappa' transforms into a source of delight.