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A Dying Divinity

The River Yamuna……..a divinity, yet dead. Efforts to bring back a river…..an important one, as millions have and still depend on it since eternity. Rivers are natural resources to the world. The river Yamuna is one of the two biggest rivers (other being Ganges) which flow through the world’s largest river basin – The Ganga river Basin. This basin area is approximately 1,086,000 square kilometers and has a population of 500million. This area is also the land to one of the most ancient civilization known. Religious / Spiritual Reverence. As part of a timeless civilization, the river Yamuna, other than being a traditional water resource, is also a cultural icon and is worshipped as a goddess in Indian Culture. A little inquiry into ancient Indian scriptures, rituals, art forms, traditional vocation, festivities or even the National Anthem shall vividly bring forward the esteem and glory that this Grand River holds, even in present times. In Hinduism, many begin their day by chanting the glories of River Yamuna and any prayer to Lord Almighty is considered incomplete without salutations to the river. The river Yamuna is considered to be a favorite of Lord Himself and in thousands of temples of North India; the deities are bathed daily with its waters. Many a temple towns are situated along its banks that have their characters based on the River and its religious tourism, the most famous being Vrindavan, Mathura, Agra and Gokul. Ironically, the river once pride of Indian civilization is now a dead river. Officially Dead Indian government’s own websites claim that there is not a drop of natural river water after it...

Bring River Yamuna Back to its People, Wildlife and Ecology

As part of the timeless Indian Civilization, the River Yamuna, other than being a traditional water resource, is also a cultural icon and is worshipped as a goddess in Indian Culture. A little inquiry into ancient Indian scriptures, rituals, art forms, traditional vocation, festivities or even the National Anthem shall vividly bring forward the esteem and glory that this Grand River holds, even in present times. Today, any common man knows and even several Indian Government Bodies acknowledge that the river is almost dead due to fatal pollution loads and lack of Natural Fresh Waters to dilute it. Indian Government’s own reports claim that there is not a drop of natural river water on the River bed in Delhi and beyond. No amount of treatment can bring the qualities of Fresh natural water in a river. The river needs dilution capacity – minimum ecological flow at all costs. Any river does. Flows are needed for maintaining the river regime, making it possible for the river to purify itself, sustaining aquatic life and vegetation, recharging groundwater, support livelihoods, facilitating navigation, preventing the incursion of salinity, and enabling the river to play its role in the cultural and spiritual lives of people. Millions of religious/spiritual tourist visits 3 important temple towns on River Yamuna every year (Government figures – 11.3 millions/2010). It is a shame that they are duped into bathing and drinking the filthiest of waters as none of them realize that it is only poisonous sewage. Their spiritual emotions and faith are being hoodwinked. We stand for bringing Back River Yamuna to its people, wildlife and ecology. Take your...