A very rational and convincing argumentation about this non-sense waste of tons of money accumulating in the religious places, seldom used, but often misused. The rituals of mass immersion of murtis indeed pollute the waters. This article is in the spirit of progressive thoughts for evolution in our religious rituals, customs, and traditions.
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DASARA FESTIVE SEASON is here. The Indian populace is in the grip of a devotional frenzy. The Ganesha festival season has just ended and idols of the elephant-headed God, costig of millions of rupees, have been just immersed in rivers, tanks and sea, throwing along with them tonnes of flowers, plastic and polluting material.
And now the Durga idols will be immersed. It may take till next Ganesha season to clean up all the beaches, river banks and tanks – and the pollution will occur again.
Thousands of crores of rupees are offered in ALL places of worship daily. There are many lakhs of them in the country. In Tirupati, the offerings often cross a crore per day, with some presenting diamond-studded crowns or other ornaments or bundles of currency notes.
It is not in Hindu places of worship alone that offerings are made, though…
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