ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

JOURNAL OF INDIAN RESEARCH
YEAR : 2013, VOLUME : 1, ISSUE : 1

 

HINDU FESTIVALS: HAZARDS TO ENVIRONMENT AND ECOLOGY

V. S.Khan

 

 

ABSTRACT

India is known for religious festivities. The Hindu religion is polycentric allowing multiple sects and innumerable gods to co-exist. These gods are ritually consecrated and the cycle renewed through annually held festival. Since, Hindu belief system posit for endless flow of matter, energy and symbolism; much of the festivals involve the act of visarjana(immersion). Just like the Universe which is bound under the cycle of creation, maintenance and dissolution for renewal afresh, the immersion of idols and
the accompanying celebration through fire crackers or colours, does cause ecological overload in the water bodies, particularly the rivers . River bank is the ‘tira’, the point of crossing over into transcendental time.Idols cross over into another time through dissolution in river water. Henceforth, rivers are getting inundated with the high pollutants . The paper examines the hazards caused to the ecology due to the increasing usage of non-bio-degradable substances during Hindu festivities.

 

 

KEYWORD

Pollution, Festivals, Hinduism, Pandal, Idol, Environment.

 

 

 

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