Eco-Friendly Vinayaka Chavithi Celebration @ Greenwood, Erragattugutta

#Greenwood High School #Vinayaka Chavithi – 2023

Like every year, this year too, Greenwood High School, Hasanparthy, Hanumakonda celebrated Vinayaka Chavithi, also known as Ganesh Chaturthi that marks the birth of Ganesha, the God of Prosperity and Wisdom, on September 18, 2023 with great enthusiasm, fervor and a commitment to environmental sustainability. The celebration included the creation of huge eco-friendly clayidol of Ganesha, a nine-night special bhajana program, and the eco-conscious immersion of the idol.

Eco-Friendly Clay Idol Creation:

So as to promote Eco-friendliness and environmental consciousness, Greenwood High School organized a workshop where students and staff members made the idol of Ganesha using natural clay and organic colors, ensuring that they were free from harmful chemicals and pollutants.

This initiative aimed to reduce the environmental impact of the festival.The task of making the clay idol was successfully accomplished under the guidance of Art and Craft Teacher Banaja Sahoo.

The Festive Celebration :

The celebration started with a colourful procession of eco-friendly clay idol of Ganesha from the main gate to the Mandapam. The atmosphere was charged with the slogan of GANAPATHI BAPPA MORIA and BOLO GANESH MAHARAJ KI JAY. With devotional songs, beating of drums, wearing saffron head bands, students, teaching and non-teaching staff welcomed Lord Ganesha Murthi and installed him on the Mandapam.

Same evening around at 6.30 p.m. with the onset of auspicious muhurtham, Ganesh Puja started.  Rituals were meant to be acts of worship and devotion to the one Reality in its various manifestations.

Ritualsincluded homa or havan, yajna, and pujā, all of which drew together all the five senses thereby centering the attention of the devotees performing the ritual and calming the devotee’s heart and mind through adoring focus of the chosen deity Ganesha being invoked and worshiped in the ritual.

Priest accompanied with Yajamana carried out all the rituals associated with puja and offered prasadam to the participants.

Our students invoked Lord Ganesha’s blessings to

  • Strengthen their inner virtues.
  • To empower them in their studies with concentration and intelligence.
  • To help in building a good character for brighter career.


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The festival of Ganesh Puja continued with cultural activities like Singing, musical performances and pravachanas. It was an opportunity for many students to explore and exhibit their hidden talents like singing devotional songs, traditional dances, reciting verses from holy scriptures and intricate of elaborate rituals.

Nine Nights of Special Bhajanas :

The school organized a special nine-nights bhajana program to mark the auspicious occasion. Every evening, students, teachers, and gathered to sing devotional songs and offer prayers to Lord Ganesha.

This program not only fostered a sense of spiritual unity but also encouraged cultural learning among the participants.These bhajanas were carried out by Jampala Ramesh, Head of the Department of Telugu, who sang and lead devotional Bhajan songs andnarrated mythological stories from Hindu scriptures.

He also encouraged students to take part in chanting slokas and exhibiting their spiritual talents. Palakurthi Abhinav Sharma the student of class X, Sathish Dhawan and V. Krishna Meenan of IX Vikramsarabhai were very instrumental in arranging all sorts of requirements for everyday Puja and offerings.

Celebration without music is like forest without trees. The Music Team of Greenwood played a vital role throughout these days to fill the atmosphere with melodious and devotional songs.

Eco-Conscious Immersion on 27th OCTOBER 2023:

The highlight of the Vinayaka Chavithi celebration was the immersion of the eco-friendly clay idol. After 9 days of rituals and offerings to Lord Ganesha, the day came when we had to say a heartful adieu to our Lord.After final and elaborate offerings, Lord Ganesha was taken out with a procession.


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Entire campus was echoed with recitation of Holy Names of Lord Ganesha. Filled with the emotions of separation as well as empowerment, Students prayed ardently to Lord Ganesha to return to our campus next year to bless us with more joy and happiness.

A specially designed vehicle was arranged for the very purpose of immersion. It was decorated with garlands and branches of coconut tree.

Greenwood High School opted for an eco-conscious approach in the immersion of the clay idol in water bodies. It was immersed in Hasanparthy pond.

After the immersion, the clay idol gradually dissolved, leaving no harmful pollutants behind. This innovative approach ensured that the festival’s religious customs were upheld while also protecting the environment.

From the beginning to the last day of the celebrations, our Honourable Director Sri Dr. G. Bharadwaja Naidu sir, Greenwood General Manager – Sri A. Prabhukumar, Academic Principal – Sri VVV Naveen Kumar sir, Administrative Principal – Sri T. Pavan Kumar and Vice Principal V. Suresh Kumar took active part in guiding the teachers, other staff and students for all arrangements for the celebration and its grand success.

A Special Appreciation:

Our Beloved Director Sri Dr. G. Bharadwaja Naidu Sir appreciated the hard work of Art and Craft Department and the team associated with making of idol and designing the backdrop. The dedication and commitment of the team as a whole under the guidance of Art Teacher Banaja Sahoo and G. Santhosha Rao was worth praising.

Director Sir also appreciated all the teachers and students who played active and responsible role in making this event a super success.

Greenwood High School’s Vinayaka Chavithi celebration was a remarkable example of how tradition and eco-consciousness can go hand in hand.

By creating eco-friendly clay idols, organizing a nine-day bhajana program, and adopting an environmentally friendly immersion process, the school demonstrated its commitment to preserving the environment while celebrating a cherished cultural festival.

This initiative not only educated students and participants about the importance of sustainability but also set a positive example for the community to follow.

Report by: G Krishna Rao (Teacher of English)

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