Ganesh Statue With A Height Of 25 Feet And A Weight Of Over 5 Tons Of Bananas

The 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Hinduism commemorates the birth of Ganesh, the elephant-headed god of prosperity, new beginnings, and wisdom. Every year, a group called Natraj Club in the Indian city of Sambalpur in the state of Odisha pays their respects to the Hindu god by erecting an epic statue of him out of various materials. The 11 members made a 25-foot-tall Ganesh statue out of five metric tons (roughly 5.5 tons) of bananas in 2017.

The colossal figure which is made up of thousands of green, unripened bananas, took 75 days to complete. Other natural materials were also used to create decorative details. “While the ornaments and tilak for Lord were made of bamboo, we created the eyes using banana leaves,” says Gopal Pansari, the club's art director. The fruit, however, did not go to waste. After the festival when the bananas had turned yellow, they were distributed to the poor.

Most Ganesh figures are made of plastic or other non-biodegradable materials during the festival but Natraj Club takes pride in using reusable, edible materials in their annual masterpieces. They used biodegradable materials like coconuts, sweet boondi ladoos, and conch shells to recreate the Ganesh god in previous years.

Below are some of the Natraj Club's statues from previous years, as well as the banana Ganesh sculpture.

Natraj Club created a massive 25-foot-tall Ganesh statue out of five metric tons of bananas for the Ganesh Chaturthi festival.

11 people make a new sculpture every year out of biodegradable materials.

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