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Hydro chemical changes in two eutrophic lakes of Central India after immersion of Durga and Ganesh idol

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Chemistry Maulana Azad National Institute of technology, Bhopal (MP), INDIA

Res.J.chem.sci., Volume 1, Issue (1), Pages 38-45, April,18 (2011)


India is the country of rich cultural heritage and festivals. Peoples here religiously follow the rituals and enjoy festivity. In Indian mythology, water is one out of the five elements, which form the universe. Water bodies play the significant vital role in performing rituals. These rituals including taking holy dip in scared rivers idol immersion and tazia immersion. Thousands of these idols, tazias are immersed in different water bodies such as lakes, reservoirs, ponds, rivers and canals in and around different parts of India. Similarly during the mohhrum festival, muslim community immerses tazias every year1 , These idols are made up of plaster of paris, clay and cloth supported by small iron rods, and is painted with different metal-based paints. On immersion of these idols in the water bodies, the water is contaminated with these metal paints and a change in chemical load in the water body is expected. When idols immersed, these colored chemicals dissolve slowly leading to significant alteration in the water quality. Thousands of Ganesh & Durga idols of various sizes reaching heights up to 45 to 50 feet are immersed in different parts of the country.


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