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Environmental Impact of Idol Immersion on Tapti River of Multai,Distt. Betul, MP, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Head of the Department of Chemistry, Govt. J.H. P.G. College, Betul-460001, MP, INDIA
  • 2Department of Chemistry, Chitrans A.D.P.G. College, Bhopal, MP, INDIA
  • 3Environmental Research Laboratory, Environmental Planning and Co-ordination Organization, Bhopal, MP, INDIA

Res.J.chem.sci., Volume 3, Issue (10), Pages 31-35, October,18 (2013)


The Immersion of Idol of Lord Ganesh and Durga during Ganesh Utasav and Navratri festival is a major cause ofcontamination of Tapti River Betul, which originates from the kund popularly known as Tapti pond. Idols are made of clay along with non bio-degradable thermocol and paints containing heavy metals and other toxic compounds. The immersion practices resulted in degradation of water quality apart from siltation. The parameters like turbidity, total hardness,chemical oxygen demand (COD), bio-chemical oxygen demand (BOD), dissolved oxygen (DO), oil and grease have been studied in Tapti ponds of Multai to assess the impact of idol immersion on water quality of the pond and subsequently on the river. Parameter like turbidity, dissolved oxygen (DO), bio-chemical oxygen demand (BOD) and chemical oxygen demand(COD) depicted higher values after immersion of the idols.


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