“Y” in #AtoZChallenge
Yamuna river is a sacred river in Hinduism and the main tributary of the Goddess Ganga, the holiest river of India. The river primarily flows in the state of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
Near Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, after a course of about 855 miles (1,376 km), the Yamuna joins the Ganges River. The confluence of the two rivers is an especially sacred place to Hindus and is the site of annual festivals, as well as the Kumbh Mela, which is held every 12 years and is attended by millions of devotees.
How can I post about Yamuna river without the mention of Lord Krishna? And this song from one of the beautiful song composed by Maestro Illayaraja is an excellent tribute for that.
We all have read about the birth of Krishna happening in the prison, and how Vasudeva – father of Krishna – carried him to safely have him grown in Vrundhavan. And it was this Yamuna river which split itself to give the path to him to have his passage across the river.
Indians believe in Agni as the sun god, Indra as the storm god, Vayu as the wind god and so on.
Many fear Yama as a bad demon. No, he is the King of Righteousness who gives what YOU deserve. Just because you did all bad and may end up in Hell, you cannot portray Yama to be bad. His only duty is to make sure the path of Karma is followed. And that is one of the best “working methodology” our ancestors had to make sure the society stayed good – out of fear.
Mahabharat too has many reference to this Yamuna river. Such is the important of this river in our culture and tradition and literature.
Today, how is this Yamuna river?
The river Yamuna, the major tributary of the Ganges River has one of the most populated areas of Asia in its basin. This river is now polluted, especially downstream from Delhi. Many small scale industries and even humans were the main cause of this. The very thought that Yamuna and Ganges are pure and it can never get polluted acted in negative.
Government is framing policies, awareness camps etc. But end of the day, it is the last mile connectivity – PEOPLE. Any government can frame laws to stop. But if it is not going to take along the people to bring change in their mindset, it can never succeed. With the current government campaigns like Swachh Bharath there are wide awareness to keep our neighborhood clean.
Today, even the school kids and young Indians started the habit of not littering on roads. I do see a bright future if this continues. But yes. We should act before it is too late.
My theme for the April 2019 #AtoZChallenge is blogging about the rivers, mostly from India. I am happy that I made it through all alphabets. You can find all my #AtoZChallenge posts here. Interested to know my next destination starting with letter Z? Try commenting your guess, let’s see.
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