Of gods & lakes

I was amazed to read that following the Ganesha festival last month, about 1.50 lakh immersions of the idols took place into the Ulsoor lake.

Of particular concern was this paragraph from the Hindu report of Oct 16 which stated:

Exactly a month after the Ganesha festival, the Ulsoor Lake continues to be strewn with remains of large idols of the deity and offerings devotedly made to him. What is worse is that public disregard for pollution norms has meant that the water surrounding the kalyani (the structure built specifically for idol immersions) has also become dirty and malodorous.

Since seeing is believing I decided to check out the lake for myself. Here are some snaps for your viewing.

Around the Kalyani, things look deceptively ok. Its only on closer inspection then one gets the feeling that things are not as they seem. Certainly, beneath the surface, are remnants of the idols that have been immersed. Only *ahem* god knows the depth of the pollution.

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Next to the kalyani is where more of the damage seems to have taken place. This much is totally true.

Outside the kalyani, bits and pieces of flotsam and dried flowers stuffed in plastic covers have polluted the lake.

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Worse still is the scene at the eastern end of the lake, adjacent to Swami Vivekananda Park, where it appears that the water is being contaminated by sewage.

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Question time now for the BBMP. If they want to absolve themselves from loss of life and injury, who is to be held accountable and responsible for turning into what could be a pristine water body like the Ulsoor Lake into one unholy mess?

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Answers, anyone?

4 Comments so far

  1. shande (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

    u are right … it’s a unholy mess .. we are doing so much damage to environment in the name of God.

    one more point(may be off topic). As per my knowledge the Ganesha immersion should be over by 1-2 weeks after the festival. But, yesterday also I saw one immersion procession in Madivala market, resulting in traffic jam during peak hours. I feel ‘Lord Ganesha’ also will be feeling helpless for this.


  2. Anush Shetty (unregistered) on October 19th, 2007 @ 2:49 pm

    That was a really great post.


  3. Balu (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

    Oh god!
    Thats so shocking!
    I mean thats terrible… Where are you BBMP?


  4. Pisipati Sriram (unregistered) on October 21st, 2007 @ 9:26 pm

    It is undoubtedly sad that a pristine waterbody like Ulsoor turned into a mess with the immersion of numerous idols and images, like the Husseinsagar Lake in Hyderabad during the Ganesh immersion festival.

    We are harming ourselves incalculably by causing damage to the environment – wittingly or unwittingly. For instance, everyday we face unbearable noise pollution of different kinds. Noise above 75 decible level is said to cause hearing impairement, and neurological problems. Honking of horns, keeping TV sets and audio systems at high pitch in private and public places, noise making units in residential, school and hospital zones, non-stop prayers during religious functions with instrumental music, loud-mouthed speeches by political leaders during public meetings and huge processions with blaring public address systems etc all cause terrific noise pollution.

    Change should come from within the people. In the absence of this realisation by everyone of us, govt agencies or civic bodies can do very little, be it Bengaluru Brihanmahanagar Palike or the Pollution Control Board or the numerous other agencies involved in preserving environment and ecology.

    After all Ganesh has not asked that his utsav image should be of this height or that height, made of plaster of paris or other chemical ingredients or should be colourful or immersed in this lake or that lake. It is the people who are making it. Neither god asked people to do continuous bhajans, prayers etc causing noise pollution and depriving peace in neighbourhood. It is a mess made by people. So is the pollution caused by discharge of the industrial effluents and wastes into waterbodies, rivers etc or oil slick by passing ships on high seas.

    Change and a sense of responsibility should ome from within first.



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