Bombay Durga Bai Samiti which happens to be Mumbai’s oldest Durga samiti has unveiled their idol for the year 2017. The best part about the idol is that material used in its construction is eco-friendly.

“In the past, small elements that were used for the idol were eco-friendly but not the whole murti. This year we made a determined effort to make sure everything thing was eco-friendly as we find that there is a growing concern about environmental friendliness,” Samiti president Jayanta Basu was quoted as saying by The Asian Age.

Basu added that Samiti aims to achieve national integration and reflect cultural ethos of India.

This year, we are ushering in the 88th year of our celebrations. We work hard to promote the culture and ethos of Bengal and bring it to the people of Mumbai, while retaining its traditional “ghoroa” (homely) nature. The Samiti has always believed in promoting performing arts and artists from diverse backgrounds, while endeavouring to achieve its philanthropic objectives. The programmes organised by the Samiti reflect the cultural ethos of India and meet our objective of furthering National Integration,” Basu added.

The idol this year is ‘Ek Chaler Thakur’ (all the Gods are covered by one halo) in a ‘Rajprasad’ theme i.e. palace themed decor. While Goddess Durga has been dressed up as Queen wearing brocade benarasi and jewellery, Lakshmi and Saraswati have been dressed as princess. Kartik and Ganesh will dress up as royal princes.

Bombay Durga Puja Samiti was founded by Shib Chandra Bannerjee of Hindustan Construction and Shib Chandra Chandra of Bengal lodge in 1930.

Massive preparations are in place in the entire country for Durga Puja, which will be held from September 26 to September 30 this year.