The degrading air quality in several regions of North India has adversely affected the lifestyle of people. While one side, Delhi has turned into a gas chamber, cities like Varanasi or Kanpur are not behind.
With pollution worsening day by day, devotees in the holy city are helping Gods avoid toxic air by covering the faces with anti-pollution masks. At the famous Shiv-Parvati temple in downtown Sigra, the faces of Lord Shiva, Goddess Durga, Goddess Kali and Sai Baba have been covered with masks.
As reported to The Indian Express by local media outlets, the priest decided to mask the idols to raise awareness. He said, “If the idols of the gods can be adorned with blankets during winter then it’s only normal to protect them from the rising air pollution by using masks”.
As per the priest, people visiting temples have started wearing masks after seeing the idols.
On Monday, the odd-even scheme commenced in Delhi in a bid to provide some relief from the pollution which has turned Delhi into a gas chamber. One of the main causes of such a sudden steep in Delhi’s air pollution is stubble burning in nearby states.