A Ganesh idol joins thousands of others being immersed in the river. A study conducted in the Ganga River in the aftermath of the similar immersion of Durga idols during the Pujo festival estimated that the total amount of paint submerged in the river was approximately 15 tons. They caused the levels of heavy metals such as mercury, chromium and copper and zinc sulphites to increase by as much as 20 times the normal between October and January. Only during the monsoon, when water levels rise in Indian rivers, does the level of pollutants diminish.
The Ganesha festival in India
Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival celebrated on the birthday (rebirth) of Lord Ganesha.