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An open letter to Delhites in the run-up to Durgashtami

Do your immersions at home, use idols made of natural clay

By Ketan Bajaj
Last Updated: Wednesday 30 September 2015 | 09:29:22 AM

The Yamuna in Delhi after the immersion of Goddess Durga idols  Credit: Vikas Choudhary

On the auspicious day of ‘Dashmi’, the tenth day from the new moon (which falls this year on October 22), the idol of Goddess Durga is usually immersed in a river or a pond. This immersion ceremony is carried out so that the Goddess returns to her husband Shiva via the water. But the people of Delhi are going to make two mistakes due to which, their religious ceremony is not going to yield good results. They are, in their innocence, going to commit two sins towards Goddess Durga. Here are the two sins.

The first sin. The people of Delhi would be immersing idols in the river Yamuna, which is presently full of sewage flowing in from Delhi’s homes and industries. The river water is poisonous. The people of Delhi would be causing an insult to the Goddess by doing this. Durga would be angry with the people of Delhi for harming her purity. All those who are involved in the immersion ceremony and do the immersion in unclean water, would have to face her wrath. They are likely to be punished by the Goddess sooner or later. So be aware, and do the immersion of the idols only in clean water. This may be just a tank built near your house, but it should be clean. Please wait until the river Yamuna is cleaned of all filth. Do the immersion in the river only after that. Please prevent this sin towards the Goddess; and save yourself from her anger.

The second sin. The people of Delhi would be immersing idols of the Goddess that are made of plastic, PoP (Plastic of Paris) and having metal frames (to support the huge size of the idols). Such idols would not dissolve in water. If the idol remains undissolved, then the ceremony would remain incomplete. The Goddess would not be able to unite with her husband Shiva. Idols of Durga should be made of natural clay, as clay idols easily dissolve in water. Please do not cause suffering to the Goddess. The people of Delhi may unknowingly cause Lord Shiva to become angry. So please do not commit this sin towards the Goddess and do not immerse idols made of plastic, PoP or having metal frames.

To prevent the first sin, please make alternate arrangements for immersion than doing it in the river Yamuna. Prepare a tank of clean water in your colony, or do the immersion in a bucket at your home. To prevent the second sin, please cancel your orders for plastic, PoP idols and instead, immerse idols only of natural clay. Please ensure that the idol completely dissolves in clean water. Only then the Goddess would be united with Lord Shiva.

There is still time for the immersion ceremony of Goddess Durga. You can still prevent these two sins and secure your future. May the Goddess bless you and your loved ones.

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