India: Temples in Varanasi made their deity wear anti-pollution masks

India: Temples in Varanasi made their deity wear anti-pollution masks

India: Temples in Varanasi made their deity wear anti-pollution masks

Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s electoral district of Lok Sabha, is no exception to the severe air pollution that has held North India trapped, especially after Diwali. PM 2.5 reached 500 this week in Varanasi’s wind.

With the air quality decreasing daily, the worshippers in the holy city help the gods escape toxic air by covering their faces despite anti-pollution masks. The faces of Lord Shiva, Goddess Durga, Goddess Kali, and Sai Baba were covered with masks at the famous Shiv-Parvati Temple in midtown Sigra.

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With the air quality decreasing daily, the worshippers in the holy city help the gods escape toxic air by covering their faces despite anti-pollution masks. The faces of Lord Shiva, Goddess Durga, Goddess Kali, and Sai Baba were covered with masks at the famous Shiv-Parvati Temple in midtown Sigra.

But trying to cover up the face of Goddess Kali proved to be tiresome. “She is an angry goddess, and it is believed that the tongue should not be covered, so we decided not to cover her face,” said the priest. “Looking at the veiled heads of their gods, several devotees visiting the temple also began to wear anti-pollution masks,” Mishra said.

As per the Mishra, every person in the city is contributing to rising pollution in his own way.

“Poor air quality did not dissuade people from cracking crackers on Diwali. Now there’s smog everywhere, but instead of doing something about it, municipal workers are only adding to the crisis by melting waste in the open. So, following the hue and the cries, everyone is just contributing to the emergency. Until people come together to change their behavior, the circumstance will never change,” he retorted.

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