A day full of enthusiasm and zeal that makes a festival like Ganesh Chaturthi so lively. Besides this, is the pool of emotions that flow through all of us. This festival being so special to all of us, we always think to do something different each time. But while thinking or even doing something different, we often forget about our surroundings. We bring huge idols of Lord Ganesha that are made up of clay which when immersed into water pollute the river bodies and increase the danger levels altogether.
So this man, about whom I am going to tell you soon had found a way to an eco-friendly yet a tummy friendly way of celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi. Tummy friendly? Sounds funny to hear but it is true.This is the story about Harjinder Singh Kukreja, a bakery owner in Ludhiana. He came up with an idea of creating an idol of Lord Ganesha which is made of 100% Belgian chocolate and the main part being they will immerse it in milk. And what will they do with it then? Below is your answer.
Harjinder Singh Kukreja is the owner of a bakery Belfrance situated in Ludhiana. And now also an inventor to such an amazing idea of eco-friendly and a good cause Ganesh idol. The idol of Lord Ganesha is seen riding a motorcycle and is 3.5 ft long and weighs 45 kgs purely of Belgian chocolate. When asked more about the idol, he said it took a team of 4 chefs who dedicatedly worked for 10 days, gave 8 hours daily to craft this masterpiece of a simple luxury.
His kind act was covered and shared all over the place and had gained a lot of appreciation and applauds. I got to talk to this man, and his thoughts took me to another level of excitement and awe. We might have seen a lot of eco-friendly idols, but this one is a level up from all of them. And while talking, I accidentally blurted out, "and how will you cut the cake?". Stupid, I know. But what he said was pure logic that I must have put in the backseat for some time. "We have not made a cake but an idol and that they are not meant to be cut but respectfully immersed." Just think about it, there will be no pollution, no harm just happiness and love around. Just what we need right now.
"While eco-friendly Ganesha idols have become increasingly popular during the recent past, our Ganesha is quite a novelty because unlike other idols, this one will not be immersed in the water but will, in fact, be turned into chocolate milkshake (by an immersion in milk) and distributed among poor children," says Harjinder. Such kind gestures are very rare to notice, and they instil hope in us for more in the future. I was curious to know how and why did they come with the idea of sharing the milk with the poor. To which he said that it is a festival of joy and that everyone deserved to be happy and that they belong to an underprivileged stature shouldn't be a shadow to anyone's happiness.
The idol is seen riding a motor bike and has no added preservatives, and was decorated with edible colours, as the purpose behind the idol was to distribute it as food among those who could never afford a treat like this. To maintain good hygiene, the Kukrejas have ensured that the chocolate idol is kept in an air-conditioned room. So thoughtful of the duo. Everyone will be so proud of them.
In an interview with a local channel, Harjinder mentioned how these people did not get the idea, but Lord Ganesha had chosen them for this task and how much blessed he had felt. During our interaction, his answers told me how humble and great were his thoughts and how we desperately need more and more people like him. He even refused to take credits and at the same time proved how one small step could actually do wonders.
When I asked him how could he manage to it alone, he said, "I wouldn't take the credit that too when something wasn't done just by me." Yes, he had specially mentioned his Uncle, Mr Satinder Singh Kukreja who had been a very important part of this whole idea and execution. Also as the co-owner of Belfrance, Satinder Singh Kukreja said, "I think this is the fantastic way of celebrating the festival with underprivileged people."
The joy and happiness in everyone's face is an example of how great this initiative was and will be doing. Looking forward to great success this year too.
Share this story with your friends and family and let them know how these two people had brought a revolution and we could do it too. And guys if you happen to live in Ludhiana, do hit their cafe soon and click a picture with these happy, humble people. Cheers to them, it's milkshake happiness.