Published By: Chirag Sehgal
Last Updated: September 19, 2023, 13:39 IST
Lord Ganesha’s arrival has filled devotees across the country with happiness and enthusiasm. Among them, actor Rithvik Dhanjani stands out for his faith in Bappa. Every year, rather than purchasing the idol, the actor creates his own eco-friendly Ganpati idols at home. The Cartel star is part of a select group of actors who prioritize the environment during their celebrations. While promoting his upcoming film, Lost and Found in Singapore, Rithvik shared insights about his deep connection with Ganesha and revealed that, despite life’s twists and turns, he never had a feeling of being lost.
As per Pinkvilla, the actor said, “I’ve never really lost anything, I’ve always found and received things. Where I am today is way better than what I ever asked for. So far, there’s nothing I’d want to change about my life, whether it’s a person or an experience. That’s why I’ve never felt lost. Like everyone else, I’ve also faced tough times but I see them as blessings too. When time is good, it’s a blessing and when it is tough, it’s also a blessing. Mujh par Bappa ka haath hamesha hai. (Bappa’s hand is always upon me). So, there’s never been a ‘lost moment’ in my life.”
Rithvik Dhanjani along with Karan Wahi, has been consistent about making eco-friendly Ganpati idols for the past six years. Karan, while sharing the origin story, explained, “It started with Raqesh Bapat, our guru ji. Raqesh, as a lot of people would know, is a true artist and a sculptor. Toh woh karte thay, abhi bhi karte hain. Unhone Rithvik ko ek saal karaya. (So, he used to do it and he still do. He even taught Rithvik for a year.”
Appreciating Pavitra Rishta actors’ dedication, he adds, “When Rithvik gets obsessed with something, he gets everyone involved. So six years ago he got obsessed with making eco-friendly Ganesha.”
Rithvik Dhanjani further explained, “The entire process is therapy. Jo ritual hai, woh shuru hi aise hua tha ki aangan ki mitti se Bappa ghar mein banaye jaate thay. (The ritual began in such a way that Bappa was made at home from the yard’s clay).”
Rithvik expresses his commitment to continuing the tradition with Karan Wahi for years to come. He believes that this tradition has become an integral part of their lives and encourages others to experience the joy of making their own Ganpati idols at home with friends and family. He believes that this creative process not only deepens their connection with Lord Ganesha but also strengthens the bond with the festival and loved ones.