Aviral & Nirmal Dhara - Do's & Don'ts


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Thirteen actions are prohibited on approaching the scared waters of the Ganga, namely:


  • Defecation

  • Ablutions

  • Discharge of wastewater

  • Throwing of used floral offerings

  • Rubbing of filth

  • Body shampooing

  • Frolicking

  • Acceptance of donations

  • Obscenity

  • Offering of inappropriate praises or even hymns in a
    incorrect way

  • Discarding of garments

  • Beating and  Swimming across, in particular


What To Do (Or Not Do) While at Ganga or Any Water Body

  • Donít throw object from pujas or havans in the river. Instead, put biodegradable materials such as samagri or flowers in plant pots or composting piles, and recycle all paper and plastics.

  • When placing offerings in Ganga or any river, make sure your offerings are 100% natural and biodegradable (no plastics). If your offering is in a plastic bag, make sure to take the offering out of the bag and recycle the bag. Ganga is considered a great purifier, but plastics kill all life in its waters and along its banks.

  • Donít use Ganga or any river as a bathroom. Instead use a community toilet.

  • If you must use the Ganga or any river to do your laundry, donít use detergents.

  • Start using cloth bags instead of plastic. Plastic bags are a huge source of pollution in the Ganga.

  • Donít wear clothes made of animal furs or leather, as the toxic chemicals that are used to produce these materials are being dumped by the ton into Ganga and its tributaries.

  • Cremination on the banks of ganga as well as dumping of ashes in the Ganga must be prevented.

  • discharge of untreated urban wastes and industrial effluents from the cascade of large and medium cities located along the course of Ganga and its tributaries must be avoided.

  • Do not dump domestic and industrial waste in the river.

  • Chemicals from the industries should not dump in the river.

  • Avoid disposal of untreated urban, municipal waste/sewage as well as industrial effluents and industrial wastes.

  • Avoid disposal of ashes after crimination of dead bodies and partly burn bodies.

  • Avoid disposal of agriculture wastes, fertilizers, chemicals etc.

  • Avoid disposal of heavy waste generated during religious fairs on the banks of river Ganga.

  • Avoid disposal of huge amount of untreated waste contributed by countless tanneries's chemical plants, textile mills, distilleries, slaughterhouses, and hospitals.

  •  Laundry, washing, cleaning utensils, and brushing teeth should be avoided.