How many of us have really visited the beaches or other water bodies of Mumbai the next day of immersion? I have my doubts, if you have really done it to see the damage, which we cause to nature. Otherwise most of us would have chosen Eco Friendly way of celebrating this one of the awesome most festivals in Mumbai.
I always say stats are scary and here they are from some reliable sources. According to Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) statement, till 7 am on Monday, 28th Sept 2015, a total 50,250 idols were immersed at the designated natural and artificial spots, including at major sites Girgaon Chowpatty, Juhu beach, Powai lake, Dadar, Madh jetty, Marve.
It included 9,714 ‘sarvajanik’ idols, 40,302 ’gharguti’ (those at homes) and 234 ‘gauri’ idols that were immersed at 71 natural sites and 26 artificial spots across the city and in the suburbs.
A total 2,577 immersions took place in the artificial lakes.
That means only 5% immersed in so called eco friendly way where as others were not.
Festival means Utsav, is derived from the Sanskrit word, Utsava. The word “ut” meaning “removal” and “sava” which means “worldly sorrows” or “grief”. It’s high time that we really need to celebrate our festivals in an absolute eco friendly way & remove all the worldly sorrows out of our life.
Need to wear our thinking caps and come up with an absolute innovative and creative way to celebrate this festival, which is so dear to most of us.
(Please note I’m not posting this to hurt someone’s religious sentiments but out of sheer ecological concerns. I am also not open for any arguments, debates or heated conversations here. But happy to discuss an innovative solutions to this concern of mine.)