Is Idol Immersion Good for Health of Waterbodies & Aquatic Animals?

September 29 13:13 2015

idol imNew Delhi, Tuesday, September 29 – Human being are very cautious about their health. No matter one earns hefty sums or ends up having just a feasible amount, his focus is on to buy those eatables and drinking products that are healthy and nutritious.

It is a different topic that poor and lower classes don’t get to eat quality products, which come at a high price that’s beyond their capacity. But still eyes can’t be closed to the truth that they also make efforts to get the best in whatever they earn.

If people belonging to different classes can’t risk their lives by taking a good doze adulterated food items then why don’t they think about the health of rivers, which are home for several aquatic animals? Waterbodies get spoiled when a large number of idols made from heavy metals for example manganese mercury, chromium and lead  are immersed.

Ganesh visarjan lately took place across the country. Amid huge celebration, people bid adieu to Ganpati idols, which are bought and placed at homes on at the beginning of Ganesh festival, which lasts for 10 days. We all show immense dedication while praying and silently speaking a long list of wishes to the God. But why don’t our hearts bleed when same idols are immersed in water as soon as the even culminates?

If truth be told then biological oxygen demand (BOD) levels in rivers augment considerably whenever idols are submerged. This not only makes fishes and other animals, which breathe air or extract its oxygen by specialized organs known as gills, or directly via their skin, to die every year but also pollutes environment.

Most horrific is the picture that comes forward after idol immersion after Ganesh Chaturthi, Kali Puja and Durga Puja. It is a shame on us that the statues to which we offered our prayers for success & peace are left in the rivers and there is no one who could care whether these get properly immersed or not. Broken parts of the idols are a common scenario after these festivals end.

Can’t we focus on making environmental friendly idols that cause no harm when immersed in water.  A few people tried to introduce some new concept in this regard. Chocolate Ganesha made by Rintu Kalyani Rathod, a home baker, caught the eyeballs this year. Using 35 kilo of chocolate, she created an idol that was further immersed in 90 litres of milk. What a brilliant idea of her to distribute chocolate milk prasad milk underprivileged kids.

World will change and individuals like her may show us way how to pour efforts in a manner that could help many enjoy the festival time to the fullest. Rather than polluting our waterbodies, residents must abolish idol immersion as early as possible. In a world where developments are introduced in different time intervals, it is not difficult to search for the notions that could allow living creatures lead their lives without any problem.

Here is to mention that the rivers that have lately been clogged with lord Ganesh’s statues made from Plaster of Paris (POP) may breed ailments, which would affect the health of the surroundings, human beings, plants, birds and animals. There is a dire need to think of worse consequences one may face if such materials aren’t banned soon. If eco-friendly clay is used to create idols, the risk can still be subsided to a certain extent. It is on us whether to continue making environment polluted or lend a hand in making it look clean.