Burning mango wood to curb pollution, mahayagna begins in Meerut
In a rather strange event that is being organised by the members of the Shri Ayutchandi Mahayagya Samiti, some 350 Brahmins from Varanasi gathered on Sunday morning at the Bhainsali ground of Meerut city to begin a nine-day-long 'mahayagya'.
The purpose of this 'mahayagya' is to help reduce pollution -- though by burning 500 quintals of mango wood.
This bizarre event is being organised by the members of Shri Ayutchandi Mahayagya Samiti. Around 108 hawan kunds (fire pits), the size of 125x125 square feet, have been made where the priests will sit, reports The Times of India.
Refusing to intervene in the matter as "it is related to a particular religion," the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board said there was no policy under which a probe can be issue in the matter.
"Burning such large quantities of wood will definitely cause pollution. But there is no policy under which a probe can be issued in this matter, so there is little that we can do. It will also be inappropriate for me to comment on the event," The Times of India quoted R K Tyagi, regional officer of UPPCB in Meerut.
Ghee made of cow milk is poured into all the 108 hawan kunds where the mango wood is to be burnt. "In Hinduism, it is believed that yagya leads to purification of air. There is no scientific evidence to it because no research has been done so far. City residents will see purer air once the yagya is complete," said Girish Bansal, vice president, Shri Ayutchandi Mahayagya Samiti.
Talking about the ritual, the members further informed that the 'mahayagya' will only be complete after one crore oblations are made in the hawan kunds. Encouraging those willing to contribute to the event, the committee also distributed pamphlets with instructions: 100 quintals of black sesame seeds, 60 quintals of rice, 30 quintals of barley and 150 ghee boxes.
Justifying how burning mango wood does not cause pollution, Gyanendra Agarwal, president of the group, said, "Mango wood burnt after pouring pure ghee does not cause pollution. We are also adding sesame seeds, rice and barley to aid the purification process. According to a scientific report, the Ozone layer above our country is the least damaged because of frequent yagyas."