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Qualitative Analysis of Pond Water after Immersions of Margasira Thrusday’s Worship Wastes: A Case Study of Berhampur City, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Botany, Aska Science College, Aska-761111, Dist. Ganjam, Odisha, India

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 5, Issue (7), Pages 75-79, July,22 (2016)


Water is of high significance in all world religion: it is often associated as being the residence of gods, ghosts and other powers; it is often even admired as a holly force. In many religions and mythological narrations about the genesis of world, water symbolizes the state of creation or even basic source for all living beings. Since civilization is established human beings are closely associated with religion, customs, rituals and water bodies like pond, rivers, lakes and etc. The pious rivers and ponds are worshiped right from the time any person takes birth to its death, the entire rituals and ceremonies are associated with these water bodies. In Odisha, people are celebrating many festivals and worship to different god and goddess during whole year. Out of many, Margashira Thursday’s are very auspicious occasion to worship to Maa Mahalaxmi for wealth and health of the family. During worship different materials are offered and used for mental satisfaction and sanctity of festival. The psychology of people is that to immerse all worship materials into water bodies, thou, these are already offered. Berhampur city is an urban area, so waste worship materials were kept in the polythene bag and thrown into water bodies. Enclosed waste materials do not decompose properly and creating filthy and unhygienic condition and changed the quality of water bodies. Basing on the above fact, the present investigation was carried out to study the water quality of different pond present in Berhampur city. The following parameters were analyzed to access the quality of pond water: DO, BOD, COD, TDS, TSS, TS, Total hardness, pH and conductivity. The finding indicated that pH become acidic condition, DO level decreased and all other parameters level were increased in all pond water of the Berhmpur city. In compared with standard value of WHO and BIS the pond water of Berhampur city exhibited poor quality due to immersion of worship waste material generated during religious occasion of Margashira Thursday’s.


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