Bad air is not just choking mankind it seems, as even the Gods are clinging to the now-in-trend anti-pollution masks. With air quality worsening with each passing day, the devotees in the holy city of Varanasi are helping Gods avoid toxic air by covering the faces with anti-pollution masks.
पर्यावरण की भयावह स्थिति को देखते हुए वाराणसी के सिगरा स्थित मंदिर में पुजारी हरीश मिश्रा और भक्तों ने बाबा भोलेनाथ समेत देवी दुर्गा और काली माता समेत साईं बाबा का पूजन कर मास्क पहनाया..#Varanasi #Pollution #VJpriyaJ pic.twitter.com/VyFOFdIhu5
— Priya Jain | پریا جان | પ્રિયા જૈન (@VJpriyaJ) November 5, 2019
The faces of the idols of Lord Shiva, Goddess Durga, Goddess Kali and Sai Baba at the famous Shiv-Parvati temple in downtown Sigra of Varanasi have been covered with white masks. This came as the PM 2.5 levels rose in the city following Diwali celebrations; AND hence the priest of the temple reportedly decided to protect the idols from the pollution.
Speaking to local media outlets, the head priest of the temple said that if the idols of the gods can be adorned with blankets during winter then it’s only normal to protect them from the rising air pollution by using masks. The temple’s priest also claimed that many devotees visiting the temples also started wearing masks after seeing the idols, and believes the move is raising awareness among children and adults.