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Assessment of Water Quality of River Mandakini during Amawashya in Chitrakoot, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Dept. of Energy and Environment, MGCGV, Chitrakoot, Satana, MP, 485331, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 4, Issue (2), Pages 54-57, February,22 (2015)

Abstract

The rivers in India have been considered sacred from ancient times. People take holy dip in river with the faith that the water washes away their sin. Most of the festival associated with bathing in rivers. Chitrakoot is a religious place and lacks of floating population take bath in river Mandakini during every Amawashya day. The main objective of present study was undertaken to investigate water quality changes due to mass bathing during Amawashya. The effect caused by mass bathing was assessed and discussed. It was observed that fecal coliform, DO, BOD and COD had significant changes due to mass bathing. The fecal coliform MPN was higher in Amawashya as well as in normal days. The quality of water indicated that river seemed much polluted from Arogyadham to Ramghat. Increased pollution load deteriorating the water quality of river Mandakini day by day. Higher fecal coliform values indicating that river water is not safe for pilgrimís health point of view.

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