35000 Bags of Garbage collected from Sabarimala Clean Up

Published on: 30 Nov, 2012
Published under: General Kerala News

29 Nov 2012

35,000 big bags of garbage were taken out from the shrine complex and the foothills in a massive clean-up operation initiated by by the Mata Amritanandamayi Mutt.Around 5,000 volunteers arrived for the first round of clean-up on the call of guru Ma Amritanandamayi, popularly known as Amma. Volunteers included ashram residents, students from various campuses at Amritapuri, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Kochi and Mysore, besides devotees from across Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Sudeep said volunteers collected more than 35,000 big bags of waste material, including clothes and plastic, from the shrine, from the foothills of the temple and the river left behind by the pilgrims.The temple, situated on the Western Ghats, is 914 metres above sea level, four km uphill from the Pamba in Pathanamthitta district. The temple is surrounded by dense forests.

The state government and its departments like the police force have taken up another operation, Punyam Poonkavanam (sacred forest grove), aimed at making the Sabarimala hill shrine garbage-free.The forest department, with help from volunteers of the Akhila Bharatha Ayyapa Seva Sanghom, cleaned up the temple town and the approach roads that pilgrims use. It has also put up boards to urge conservation of the forest and cleanliness along the route of the pilgrimage. The paths to the temple are cleaned every alternate day.


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