People in Mumbai participated in a workshop aimed to promote eco-friendly idols of lord Ganesha ahead of the festival of 'Ganesh Chaturthi'. Ganesh Chaturthi is a 10-day long festival which marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha. Elaborately painted and decorated idols are worshipped before mass processions take them to nearby rivers, lakes and the sea where they are immersed in accordance with Hindu faith. A workshop organiser, Vandana Pawar, said the event was organised to educate children about the benefits of eco-friendly idols and highlight the effects of plaster-of-paris (POP) on nature. Children who participated in the workshop were seen making small idols and were asked to later submerge it into an artificial pond.