Photo Essay: How religious festivals kill the holiness of Yamuna
In Delhi, on the auspicious day of ‘Dashmi’, the idol of Goddess Durga is usually immersed in the river Yamuna. This immersion ceremony is carried out due to a belief that it helps the Goddess return to her husband Shiva via the water. However, this ceremony is creating a severe environmental impact on the river and its ecosystem by polluting it with hazardous chemicals.
Most of the idols are manufactured using plastic and P0P (Plaster of Paris) which are not soluble in water. In addition to that, most of them have metal frames. So the idols remain undissolved and pollute the water. Actually, this ceremony flouts the order of the National Green Tribunal that says, “idol immersion would be allowed, only if idols are made of biodegradable materials and not of plastic and Plaster of Paris, and the colours used are environment–friendly,”
Photos and Text : Vijay Pandey
Devotees immersing Goddess Durga idols in Yamuna River flouting the order of National Green Tribunal banning such activities which create environmental pollution. Durga Puja commemorates the slaying of demon king Mahishasur by goddess Durga, marking the triumph of good over evil
A Man looking for reusable material in the polluted waters of the Yamuna River in New Delhi. Worshippers left thousands of idols in the holy river as a part of the Durga Puja festival.
Children looking for reusable material in the polluted waters of the Yamuna River in New Delhi
Devotee taking a bath in the polluted water of Yamuna river in Delhi
Auto driver fetching reusable material from the polluted waters of the Yamuna River in New Delhi
A Rohingya Muslim search for valuable and reusable material from the immersed Idols of goddess Durga from the polluted water of Yamuna in New Delhi
Devotees coming out of river after immersing the Idol of Durga