'Shivling' covered with mask at Varanasi temple to 'protect' Lord Shiva from air pollution

As air quality is worsening in Uttar Pradesh along with many other states, priests at Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple in Varanasi covered the 'Shivling' with a mask to "protect" Lord Shiva from bad air quality. The Air Quality Index (AQI) peaked at 226 in the city today which falls under the poor category according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). A devotee said, "The air is polluted in the city and to save 'Bhole Baba' from this poisonous air we have put on the mask. We believe if he is safe, we will also remain safe."