veD STIPULATES ONE'S DHARm TO NEVER POLLUTE A RIVER...ESPECIALLY WITH HUMAN WASTE...BUT gNgaa-nDi (RIVER GANGES) IN bhaart (INDIA) IS BEING POLLUTED B
Posted by Vishva News Reporter on April 9, 2003

FROM HINDUISM TODAY:

Source: Nationwide News Pty Limited: VARANASI, INDIA, March 29, 2003:

Hindus yearn to visit the holy Ganges River, to bathe in its sacred waters known to cleanse or wash away all sins, and many Hindus hope to die in Varanasi in order to escape from the cycle of rebirth. Approximately 80,000 people bathe daily on the ancient ghats of Varanasi. ...BUT THEN HINDUS ARE POLLUTING THE SAME RIVER THEY CONSIDER MOST SACRED....

Please click on the next line to read more about this very aDHARmik phenomen which is due to avidyaa (ignorance) which pervades the times in this current area of kli-yug....only knolwedge will bring back the purity of gNgaa-nDi......YOU ARE ALSO WELCOME TO SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE TO RE-PURIFY gNgaa-nDi by posting your knowledge on this web site by just clicking on POST A COMMENT in the header of this news posting.... 



Hindus yearn to visit the holy Ganges River, to bathe in its sacred waters known to cleanse or wash away all sins, and many Hindus hope to die in Varanasi in order to escape from the cycle of rebirth. Approximately 80,000 people bathe daily on the ancient ghats of Varanasi.

The source of the Ganges is in an ice cave high in the Himalayas, and it makes its way through the most densely populated area of the world until it merges into the Bay of Bengal. It is precisely along this journey that the river has accumulated raw sewage, human ash, animal carcasses and industrial waste.

In 1985, the Ganges Action Plan was launched to start the cleanup by installing sewage plants in major cities along the river.

However, the plan failed as it used too much of India's valuable energy resources and the plants in many cities are now idle.

Since 1985, a recent study indicates that the amount of sewage flowing into the Ganges has doubled. Amrit Dhillan, reporter for Nationwide News, says, "The sacred Ganges has become so filthy that even Hindu holy men refuse to bathe in it."

From fasting, to attract government attention, to lodging a public petition in the courts, these holy men are protesting the condition of the river.

"Tests last year of Varanasi water samples showed that the fecal coliform count (a measure of human and animal waste in water) was 50 times the level considered acceptable for human beings," said M.C. Mehta, a Varanasi lawyer and environmentalist.

He added, "No scheme will work unless it involves public participation. You have to educate the people to treat the river differently."

Presently, locals wash laundry in the river and dump rubbish, bodies, plastic bags and rotting garlands. Mishra Mehta's group called the Friends of Ganges have been trying to force the Indian government to approve a new project called Clean Ganges.

Mishra herself says, "I want to do my holy dip and yet I know the river is filthy. So I compromise by not going all the way in."
 



There are 2 additional comments.

#1 Posted by john on 12/7/2003
who cares about the river? Its dead, just keep polluting it


#2 Posted by john on 12/7/2003
who cares about the river? Its dead, just keep polluting it


 

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