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Ganesh idol immersion: impact on water quality of Tapi River, Surat, Gujarat, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Aquatic Biology, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat, Gujarat, India
  • 2Department of Aquatic Biology, Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat, Gujarat, India

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 6, Issue (2), Pages 54-56, February,2 (2017)

Abstract

India is a country of diverse cultural and religious festivals. Ganesh Chaturthi and Durga Puja are two major festivals involving idol immersion as ritual. The present study was carried out to assess the impact of idol immersion on water quality of Tapi river during Ganesh festival. Water samples were collected for pre-immersion, immersion and post -immersion periods during morning hours. Collected samples were analyzed for various Physico-chemical and analyzed microbiological parameters viz. pH, Temperature, Dissolved Oxygen, BOD, COD, total hardness, total solids, total dissolved solids and total Viable count. Significant changes in results of all selected parameters were noted after the immersion however within BIS standard limits. Observations indicate that efforts of public awareness campaigning attain good response and helped to reduce the impact of idol immersion on water quality and also reduce the resultant pressure on the ecology of the natural water bodies.

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