With Diwali just around the corner, the preparations for the festival of lights are in full swing even during this pandemic.
With an aim of an environment friendly Diwali and keeping in mind Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of achieving self-reliant India, the students of Kalladka Sri Rama Group of Educational Institutions at Kalladka have come up with an innovative idea of preparing diyas for Diwali by using cow dung as raw material, an alternative which is gaining popularity over the commonly used Chinese made diyas.
The students are trained to make these diyas. It is made using the dung and cow urine of Vasudhara cow shelter of the educational institution to make the diyas. To make them, the cow dung is readied, pressed through the moulds and dried under the sun. Also, for these diyas, oil or ghee can be used and these diyas will burn for over 45 minutes.
With a target of 10,000 diyas, the students have made over 2,500 diyas till now. The students took the initiative even further by making about 500 clay diyas, in addition to the cow dung diyas.
The convenor of this initiative is the principal of Sri Rama PU College, Krishnaprasad Kayarkatte. Two groups have been formed which include over 50 students and 10 parents along with eight staff, have shown their interest in the project.
Plans are being made to sell the diyas at a price of Rs 5 per piece, to meet the expenses of manufacturing. The students of the commerce department of the college took the initiative of making arrangements for e-marketing by creating an advance booking system online.