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|When Pollution Tries to Kill God (standard:non fiction, 859 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Jun 30 2013||Views/Reads: 1531/800||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|The air pollution around the Hindu temple was so bad, god has to reincarnate to protect himself from the pollution.|
Click here to read the first 75 lines of the story One has to climb over 200 stone steps to reach the deity, twisting and turning the stone steps provide a spectacular view of the port channel through which cargo and navy ships sail back and forth. Across the channel was the famous Dolphin Nose Mountain with a light house on it whose beacon can be seen from miles. On weekends and Hindu auspicious days, devotes crowd the temple sometimes waiting for hours in line to get entry to worship the deity. The temple priest Ramachary, a tall fair skin man has a pony tail like many Hindu priests was very authoritative. He would admonish anybody irrespective of social status if a devotee does not follow his instructions during the ceremony. While growing up Juggernaut attended the temple several times, on one such occasion he had the bad experience of dropping a flower to the floor and received the wrath admonishment from Ramachary that brought tears in Juggernaut's eyes more so for embarrassment and undue attention. On subsequent visits, Juggernaut was more fearful of the temple priest than the Deity. The road to the temple in old town runs along the ocean, the same route used by port authority trucks. Over the decades, the port became one of the important ports in the country for export and import of bauxite and coal. The temple surroundings became an open storage site for piles of coal and bauxite turning the area into a dust bowl. On any day one cannot see the temple from thick smog and bauxite and coal dust. The trail of dust from coal and bauxite arising out of tractor trailers carrying the materials without tarp clouds the entire area. The ocean breeze stirs up dust from the open storage stockpiles making difficult to breath and impossible to see near the temple. The black soot covered all the structures in the area including the temple. On a recent visit to the old country, Juggernaut attempted to visit his favorite Lord Venketeswara temple only to turn away because of dangerous truck traffic and pollution so severe, breathing was impossible. Instead, he stood on the roadside at a far distance from temple and prayed loudly as the bystanders gathered “Lord, you are known for collecting interest on the debt from your own devotes but can't you collect fines with compound interest from the polluters? Please return to earth as reincarnation to fight pollution to protect your devotees and your own temple.” If this were to happen, it could be the very first time God reincarnates himself to protect himself on the earth from manmade pollution. Since Juggernaut was praying loud in English, the onlookers thought he was a preacher man from nearby church. Tweet
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