Sacred only at Sacred Times

A Neglected Pond

Sacred only at Sacred Times

There is a narrow earthen pathway to the Chakradharnagar Square from my house that passes by a pond beside Lord Shiva temple.

 

The pond is a deep dry depression filled with garbage (including empty bottles of wine and beer cans) dumped on one side from road side while surrounding area are overgrown with weeds and long grass.

 

There is very little trace of water in this lowland in summer. However during monsoons, some amount of water is trapped in the depression making it marshy and boggy. As the rain stops, the pond becomes dry again.

 

Yet, you can find water in the pond during the festival of Chhatt*, when the pond is filled with water with the help of a borewell dug near the periphery of the pond. This water, also, disappears after some time. At the most it exists there for two weeks.

 

The pond is indeed an important natural water resources that should be available ALWAYS for the inhabitants in the region. But sadly, its existence is recognized only during Chhaatt.

 

The geological reasons behind the incapability of the pond to hold water for long periods should be identified by experts. There should be lot of springs lying underneath this place that can be easily brought to life by a simple excavation. People should find a suitable place for their garbage – rather than this pond they find sacred ONLY in Chhatt.

 

Nature based Solutions (NbS) are the best to ensure the revival of this pond. Banyan trees should be grown along its hedges to provide plenty of shade to preserve its dampness. Grassy banks and rocky boulders should be introduced, that essential for mitigating soil erosion so that the pond’s depression is not filled up by soil swept down from highlands.

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*Chhatt is a festival of India, in which mothers fast for three days and pray for the long lives of their children. As a part of the worship, they offer water to the Sun during sunrise and sunset and this worship takes place at the banks of any river or any other water-body.