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500 Quintals of Mango wood to be burnt in ‘Meerut mahayagya’ to curb pollution

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(G.N.S) Dt. 19
Meerut
At a time when common people and environmentalists believe that burning of any kind of wood increases pollution, a bizarre event in Meerut is turning heads. The strange event is being organised by the members of the Shri Ayutchandi Mahayagya Samiti in which around 350 Brahmins from Varanasi gathered on Sunday morning to begin a nine-day long ‘Mahayagya’ in Meerut’s Bhaisali ground. According to organizers, the flames from the 108 hawan-kunds at the ground will reduce air pollution. The Mahayagya will continue daily till March 26 from 8 am to 7 pm. The most striking part of the ‘Mahayagya’ is that it would burn 500 quintals of mango tree wood during this Navratri period to ‘curb pollution’. As bizarre as it may sound, at least 350 Brahmins from Varanasi assembled at Meerut’s Bhainsali ground on the first day of Navaratri to begin a nine-day-long ‘mahayagya’ in which they would burn 500 quintals of mango wood in order to curb pollution.
This event was organised by a Hindu body named Shri Ayutchandi Mahayagya Samiti. There were a total of 108 hawan kunds (fire pits) made in a 125×125 square feet yagyashala, where priests would sit to perform rituals.
Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) has refused to intervene in the matter citing it as an issue related to a particular religion. UPPCB’s regional officer RK Tyagi said there was no policy under which a probe can be issued in the matter but burning such large quantities of wood will definitely cause pollution. He added that it would be inappropriate to comment on the event.
Members of the Hindu body donned saffron robes and sat around fire pits even as they had watery and bloodshot eyes from the smoke which filled the venue. Members as young as 16 were among the ones present during the event. They said that they bought mango wood and ghee made out of cow’s milk to be poured into all the 108 hawan kunds.

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