As Delhi sees record temperature, Hindu group plans to burn mango wood to ‘reduce pollution’

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As Delhi grapples with increasing pollution and rise in temperature, a Hindu group by the name of Shri Ayutchandi Mahayagna Samiti thinks burning 500 quintals of mango wood will ‘reduce pollution’

Fateh Veer Singh Guram @ The Hush Post: The National Capital of the country, New Delhi is seeing record high temperatures, with the maximum recorded temperature reaching 37 degrees in the month of March. This temperature is nearly 7 degrees higher than normal, and one can only wonder as to how severe the months of May and June are going to be. While the minimum temperature hovers around 17-18 degrees, the maximum day temperature, on an average, is nothing less than 35 degrees Celsius. Increased pollution levels in the region are said to be the driving force behind such temperatures.

The Meteorological Department of India had said that during the month of March, a ‘heat-wave’ like condition would prevail over parts of North and Central India. The summer months are expected to see temperatures of at least 1 degree higher than normal.

Pollution in and around Delhi is said to be a major factor behind increased temperatures
Pollution in and around Delhi is said to be a major factor behind increased temperatures.

While Delhi grapples with increasing pollution and the resultant heat and smoke, a Hindu group by the name of Shri Ayutchandi Mahayagna Samiti of Meerut has decided to burn nearly 500 quintals of mango wood in order to ‘reduce pollution’. As per a report which appeared in a national daily, the burning of wood will take place over a nine day long elaborate ceremony.

A 125×125 square feet yagnashala (the place where priests sit and perform rituals) has been prepared, and the ceremony will begin on the 18th of March. Nearly 350 Brahmins will be performing the ceremony on 108 hawan kunds.

As per the Vice President of Shri Ayutchandi Mahayagna Samiti, Mr. Girish Bansal, since performing a yagna removes pollution, hence burning mango wood by pouring desi ghee made from cow milk will remove pollution from the air around us. When told that burning of wood is what is causing air pollution in the first place, he said that there is no scientific evidence to the benefits of yagna as a solution to air pollution, as no research has been done on it yet.

108 hawan kunds have been set up to perform the yagna. (Representative image)
108 hawan kunds have been set up to perform the yagna. (Representative image)

As per a ToI report, the President of the Samiti, Mr. Gyanendra Agarwal said “Mango wood that is burnt after pouring pure ghee does not form pollutants. It only purifies the air. According to a scientific report, the Ozone layer above our country is the least damaged because yagnas are done here frequently.”

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