Downsides of Tourism, Progress and Development-2 - Holy and unholy truths
Are our temples too benevolent and too sacred to be maintained physically clean?
Why do pilgrims travel far and wide, in an effort to cleanse their souls while caring a hoot for the surroundings they visit? Be it Sabarimala, or Rameswaram, or any other holy abode of the Lord, pilgrims leave too many tell-tale (tell-truth actually) signs of their visit: used food packages, used clothes, used water bottles, and the worst habit of all: human expectorated spittle all over the place.
|Rama theertham (most holy, but nearly dead)|
Most of the ones frequented by tourists show plenty of signs of poor maintenance and care, by both authorities and tourists. At the Rama Theertham, no fish survives in the pond, you can see a few live ones struggling in a bucketful of water for the purpose of being fed by the pilgrims.
|Lakshmana Theertham (maintained)|
|Jada Theertham (clean and clear)|
|One view of beach at Dhanushkodi|
|Villondi Theertham, on a pier jutting out to the sea|
Rameswaram island has been invaded and taken over by packaged drinking water and immense amounts of plastic. So if you believe in 'Lokah Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu' seek solace within yourself!
|a vessel merchant's ware is only packaged water|
|collections of used water bottles|