India is the country of festivals. The celebration of festivals today has become a subject of discussion. The proposed study enquires into the present state of the celebration of the Ganesh festival in the state of Maharashtra, India. The idealistic rationale behind the celebration of the festival has the socio-religious basis which inculcates among people the sense of unity and integrity. The analytical study of the initial stage of the festival and the current state of celebration indicates a drastic difference. The idealistic rationale seems to have lost and the celebration today is leading to several serious environmental issues. The study investigates the impact of the festival on the environment and presents statistically how it has led to a radical increase in the noise, water and air pollution in recent years. Today many NGOs are working to spread awareness about the issue but the communication has to be at a greater level and hence the masses need to know the hazardous impact of the celebration more effectively. The recommended model (as below) through this study endeavors to create this awareness on a larger scale.

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Celebration of Ganesh festival
Environmental issues in the state of Maharashtra, India

A. C Hiray   Department of Engineering Sciences, Maharashtra Academy of Engineering,The University of Pune

N. S Haram   Department of Engineering Sciences, Maharashtra Academy of Engineering,The University of Pune

India is the country of festivals. The celebration of festivals today has become a subject of discussion. The proposed study enquires into the present state of the celebration of the Ganesh festival in the state of Maharashtra, India. The idealistic rationale behind the celebration of the festival has the socio-religious basis which inculcates among people the sense of unity and integrity. The analytical study of the initial stage of the festival and the current state of celebration indicates a drastic difference. The idealistic rationale seems to have lost and the celebration today is leading to several serious environmental issues. The study investigates the impact of the festival on the environment and presents statistically how it has led to a radical increase in the noise, water and air pollution in recent years. Today many NGOs are working to spread awareness about the issue but the communication has to be at a greater level and hence the masses need to know the hazardous impact of the celebration more effectively. The recommended model (as below) through this study endeavors to create this awareness on a larger scale.

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