Every year, in Hinduism Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated annually to mark the birth of Lord Ganesha, the God of new beginnings and a fresh start. The festival falls in the month of Bhadra, according to the Hindu calendar and in August/September according to the Gregorian calendar.
In 2017, the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesh was paid tribute to with a massive sculpture made of thousands of bananas.
In the Indian city of Sambalpur in Odisha, a group called Natraj Club payed their respects to the Hindu God by creating a 25-foot-tall Ganesh statue made by 5.5 tons of bananas. All the work was done by 11 members of Natraj Club, who created this masterpiece back in 2017 as a fruit of 75 days of work in a row.
To build this colossal figure, the creators used thousands of green and un-ripened bananas, which didn’t go to waste. After the festival ended, the bananas turned yellow and were give out to the poor.
This is not the first time Natraj Club is creating these magnificent sculptures. In previous years, they recreated the Ganesh god with biodegradable materials such as coconuts, sweet boondi ladoos, and conch shells.