The image above showing people immersing idols on the banks of river Yamuna just behind the Taj Mahal Taj Mahal is heart wrenching in many ways. The Taj, which is the 7th wonder of the world, is visited by thousands of domestic as well as international tourists. It is a pride in the country to possess such a monument.
The idols, after immersion, float on the water and tend to clog the banks. The river bank which is right behind the monument gives a disruptive view to the onlookers.
Who will take the accountability?
Although the interiors of the monument are maintained by caretakers and authorities, nobody is there to take care of the surroundings.
With the spree of festivals celebrated across the country, idol worship is one of the main aspects of the celebration. From Ganesh Chaturthi to Durga Puja, idol worship is a tradition followed even in big cities.
Soon after the Puja or rituals get over, idols are immersed in rivers and they in turn pollute our beautiful rivers which are also part of our rich heritage and should be kept clean at all times not just from the tourism perspective but also for maintaining the ecological balance of nature.