This Ganesha idol writes: After whiskey, driving risky

PANAJI: Lord Ganesha may have imposed a condition on Ved Vyasa that once the sage started narrating the Mahabharata epic, he could not stop until he, the elephant-headed god, had finished writing. This year at Mala, the Vakratunda has taken a break to write about road safety and waste management.

The heritage locality of Fonte Phoenix at Fontainhas has begun to attract crowds who are coming to see the mechanical Ganesha idol who writes socially relevant messages for his devotees.

The mechanical Ganesha idol.

Yuva, an organisation focused on social outreach, has come up with an out-of-the-box idol using a Raspberry Pi device, a motor, magnetic sensors and a thermal printer.

“When a devotee rings the bell, the idol’s arm begins to write on the parchment while the head moves, which indicates that Lord Ganesh is writing. Once he finishes writing, the thermal printer connected to the idol prints out a social message, which the devotee can take away,” founder of YUVA and recipient of Goa State Youth Award, Raghuvir Mahale, said.

The thermal printer gives a social message.

This Ganesha idol says ‘wage war against pollution’

After jotting down the legendary narrative of the Kurukshetra war, the youth of Yuva decided that the god must make war on road safety, plastic, cleanliness, pollution and women empowerment.

“The main attraction this year is Lord Ganesh giving you social messages that you can carry home and implement in your daily life,” Mahale said.

In keeping with the environment-friendly thought process, Yuva created the entire Ganesha idol and set from chalk sticks.

“It took us one and a half month to complete the Ganesh idol, the rats and the whole scene. We used to sit every day for three hours to cut around 5,000 chalk sticks. It took us nearly 20-25 boxes to make the Ganesha,” Mahale said.

The that moves the hand and the head of the idol does not activate until a devotee rings the bell. The bell acts as a trigger to activate the magnetic sensor which then completes the circuit for the electric motor.

“We want to save electricity. There is no point in the motor running all the time,” Mahale said. Yuva consists of Mahale, Ankita Mahale, Akhil Prabhu Verlekar, Anirudh Madkaikar, Sarvesh Shetye, Ravish Shetye among many others and has Aakash Khaunte as its president.

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