A Historic Clean-Up Drive at Sabarimala
We all know that located in the scenic Western Ghats, surrounded by a dense jungle, the famous temple of Sabarimala in Kerala draws millions of pilgrims every year.
But, over the past years trash had accumulated in the temple premises and surroundings, prompting the Government of Kerala recently to invite volunteers from the Mata Amritanandamayi Math to help clean the holy place and restore its sanctity and purity. Over 1000 students from our campus came forward whole-heartedly to participate in this noble task.”
What they ultimately dug up and cleared was about 20 years of accumulated waste from Sabarimala and Pampa!! – shared the participating students.
Waste was cleared in thousands of bags over three days from places such as Koprakkalam, Malikappuram, Nadappanthal, Panditthavalam, Bhasmakkulam at the Sabarimala Sannidhanam. When possible, it was sorted first, to retrieve anything of value that could be recycled.
It was finally burnt in incinerators specially set up for the occasion. On the final day, girls and women helped clean the surroundings of the sacred Pampa river that flows at the base of the mountain.