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Pollution in Holy Ganga River

The level of pollution in GangaRiver has reached alarming proportions and the holy river is also one of the most endangered rivers in the world. Due to increase in pollution, global warming and over-extraction of water, Ganga might not reach the ocean in near future. Dr. Nitish Priyadarshi, a geologist and an environmentalist, has created a brief report on the pollution in GangaRiver.
In the article published in the American Chronicle, Dr. Nitish Priyadarshi delves into the past, present and future of the pollution in GangaRiver. More than 400 million people live along the GangesRiver. An estimated 2,000,000 persons ritually bathe daily in the river. As per the UECPCB study, while the level of coliform present in water should be below 50 for drinking purposes, less than 500 for bathing and below 5000 for agricultural use—the present level of coliform in Ganga at Haridwar has reached 5500.Nearly 89 million litres of sewage is daily disposed into Ganga from the 12 municipal towns that fa…

Kark Sankranti

Kark Sankranti is the summer solstice of Sun and it marks the beginning of the Dakshinayana Period in traditional Hindu Solar calendars. The term Sankranti in a Solar Calendar generally refers to the means the first day of each month – when the sun passes from one constellation to another. In 2018, the date of Kark Sankranti is July 17. Time is 9:29 AM on July 17.

Kark Sankranti is the southern transit of the Sun and it ends with the Uttarayan or Makar Sankranti in mid-January. The nights are longer during Kark Sankranti Period.

Kark Sankranti marks the beginning of the night of Devas for some Hindu communities. There is also a popular belief that Lord Vishnu goes to sleep during this period and the Ekadasi just before Karka Sankranti is referred as Dev Sayani Ekadashi.

In Tamil Nadu, the month Aadi marks the beginning of Kark Sankranti.

It must be noted that Kark Sankranti or Dakshinayana is calculated differently in North Indian Hindu calendars and other regional calendars.