Sandy Awareness campaign on Hindu Environment Week by Manas Kumar Sahoo
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In order to protect nature from water, air and atmosphere pollution worldwide observation of “Hindu Environment Week” is celebrated from 17th February to 23rd February. In Puri it is designated as “Srikhetra Environment Week”. India is home to a significant number of holy towns, cities and sites which draw pilgrims from all corners of the world. From Badrinath in the North, Puri in the East, Rameshwaram in the South and Dwarka in West, it can be said that India has a sacred geography unlike any country in the world.
Over the past two decades India’s holy city have seen a large increase in the number of pilgrims visiting them. In many instances this has led to significant environmental problems. These include waste management issues, lack of adequate sanitation, and the pollution of rivers, lakes and streams.
Puri is one of the forth Hindu dham to where force of people visit each year to worship Lord Sri Jagannath. The main festival of Lord Jagannath is car festival besides there important festival like Chandan Yatra, Dolo Yatra, Durga Puja, and Kali Puja and as such every month festivals are observed. In view of this huge gathering there is special important to protect nature & environment at Puri. On this occasion reputed international sand artist Mr. Manas Kumar Sahoo has prepared a sand sculpture at the golden sea beach near light house of puri at the distance of 65 K.M from capital of Odisha, Bhubaneswar. This sand sculpture depicts the king of nature is holding the nature messaging about the “protecting the environment”. By this art artist Mr. Sahoo wants to be the message of “Protect the Environment”. The sand sculpture is the height of 13 feet, consisting of 20 tons of sand.