About My Project...


As a kid every time I would cross a river in India, be it the Ganga or the Yamuna or any of their tributaries, I would have a feeling that the water levels of these rivers were receding... my heart would sink seeing the industrial pollutants making their way into these rivers...

On the contrary the feeling I would get seeing these rivers close to their origins… especially the Ganga in Rishikesh is indescribable… no pollution, no signs of water level depletion … so calm and so serene… the scent of freshness in the air…

I am documenting the life around river Ganga… the life as Ganga sees and feels it... the culture the river has supported for thousands of years, the people it has sustained over the centuries, and also the human interference it has suffered over the last one century or so...

Towards that I am following the river from its origins high up in the Himalayas all the way to where it merges with the Indian Ocean. All the while I am meeting with people who have been close to the river to narrate their feelings about the river, what they feel about the part Ganga has played in the Indian civilization and culture, what we human beings have done or could do or have not done to save this mighty river…

My final aim is to narrate the whole documentary as a multimedia and a book. I invite anyone and everyone to please help me with suggestions... critique... and hospitality. I would love to hear your suggestions and incorporate them into my project.


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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The atomic power plant and the strewn idols of deities at Narora...

When Narora comes into any conversation... if it at all does... it's not Ganga that comes to mind...it's just the atomic power plant that one can think of. Ironically though the plant is situated on the banks of the Ganga itself and uses its waters to cool the reactors and to produce steam that in turn moves the turbines which eventually generates power...

So, Ganga not only produces hydro-power (dams) but also atomic-power. This power goes to the our houses enabling us to watch TV, run our refrigerators, coolers, ACs, fans...even charge our inverters. But why don't we think a little in depth? It's all because of the river Ganga that we are able to get this luxury called electrical power... and yet we are running from our responsibility to keep it clean...

I have a suggestion. Why doesn't the Atomic Power Plant at Narora sponsor the ghats at least in Narora. Or, why don't some private companies sponsor these religious places... they are making millions of dollars... they can definitely spare some change...
 


Lord Hanuman's broken idol lay on the banks of Ganga as a tractor gets a wash. 
In the far background is the Narora Nuclear Power Plant. 

What utterly surprised me in Narora was idols of deities... hundreds of them... strewn all along the bank of the river. The idols, big and small, all just lay there abandoned. Granted these idols were broken (Hindi: Khandit खंडित ; they say there is no God in broken idols), but why throw these idols as if they meant nothing to anyone at anytime. Believe me these idols, although khandit, seemed to have a soul, they seemed to ask why they were thrown there... as if begging to be taken back to their temples... aaaah!!! :(  

A beautiful example of religion and pollution...

[Please read the comment by Dr Swatantra Pidara]

4 comments:

  1. Swatantra PidaraJuly 8, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    A very good work and job done. As for the Khandit idols, you might like to read Shri Ramkrishna's gospel by Mr. M(Mahendra Nath Gupta) where he tells the son in law of the lady responsible for dakshineshwar land that if your leg is broken then will your mother in law throw you out. Yes it has been an issue with Hindu view that what you meditate upon so you get [ तं यथा यथा उपासते तदेव भवति ]. That is why they do not want a handicapped, blind or one eyed priest to do the job either. The same issue that they do not want to create an ugly impression on human mind. But the issue is very clear that if we have done the prana-pratishthaa then broken diety is also alive. It is asking us to be more kind and considerate. जब दया धरम नहीं मन में तेरे मुखड़ा क्या देखे दर्पण में. You are correct all these occurrences are telling us to search our souls. Hindus seemed to have lost that soul in the race for money and lavish life-styles. They are aping partially the West in a very corny, silly, twisted, brash, and could not care less manner. I know what I am writing is going to hurt few as in 1970s I was accused by a Gujarati gentleman that I am a handicapped person so I see everybody handicapped.

    Good luck Rahul

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  2. Meaning of Prana pratishthaa used in the above comment.

    Prana pratistha (Sanskrit: prāṇa pratiṣṭha) is the Hindu theological term for a rite or ceremony by which a deity is infused or brought to inhabit a murti (idol or icon) of that deity. According to Gavin Flood, "A ritual of consecration in which the consciousness or power of the deity is brought into the image awakens the icon in a temple." According to orthodox Hinduism it is only after this rite is properly performed that worship should be offered to the murti.

    Source: Wikipedia

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  3. gud rahul,v r also cmng 2 know new thngs dat v didn't know...ready 2 help u wat v can..gud luck 2 u !!! sanju

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  4. A very nice one Rahul, Hope your blog will give some hope of reviving our mother ganga. Suresh Somayajula

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