Chhath Puja Celebrations Align with Successful Water Management under Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali Campaign

Environmental conservation has taken center stage as people rediscover the significance of various elements of nature. The age-old tradition of nature worship, deeply rooted in Hindu culture, celebrates both deity worship and reverence for nature. The dependence of living beings on the sun and water for survival is evident, making the worship of these elements a symbol of purity and simplicity. Chhath Puja, an ancient Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Surya and Mother Ganga, exemplifies this connection to nature.

*Environmentally Conscious Celebration*

For centuries, the state has celebrated Chhath Puja with enthusiasm and devotion, evident in ancient Rigvedic texts and discussions on sun worship. This festival underscores the vital role of nature, showcasing items related to nature during Chhath Puja, such as mango sticks for toothbrushes, mango wood for offerings, clay stoves, and various fruits. Over time, environmental concerns were exacerbating, with deforestation leading to water scarcity. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar showed deep concern and initiated the Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali campaign, which is now proving to be meaningful and impactful.

*Water and Greenery Ensure Life's Safety*

Globally, the unbalanced exploitation of natural resources and misguided development concepts pose a serious challenge to the ecological balance. Climate change has emerged as a major threat in recent years. In response to these challenges, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali campaign is proving effective. Emphasizing the inseparable link between water, greenery, and life, Kumar's initiatives are visible in various projects aimed at conserving and utilizing water efficiently.

*A Campaign that Generates Income with Environmental Conservation*

The state government launched a concerted effort to save the environment, starting with the Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali campaign on August 9, 2019. A part of this campaign is the Ganga Jal Supply Scheme, which ensures water supply in Rajgir, Gaya, and Bodh Gaya. This initiative not only focuses on water conservation but also promotes afforestation. The campaign is bringing convenience and income growth to farmers through activities such as irrigation, tree planting, horticulture, flower cultivation, and pond development.

*Continuous Campaign for a Secure Environment and Income*

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar consistently leads the campaign to conserve the environment and promote water conservation. Encouraging people at every level, his efforts are paying off, safeguarding nature and enhancing our income opportunities. In Bihar, water conservation is not only improving drinking water quality but also creating a conducive environment for plants and animals. During occasions like Chhath Puja, the relevance of the Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali campaign becomes evident, turning once drought-stricken areas into places where life flourishes with accessible water in ponds, wells, and rivers.

Amit Singh
Amit Singh  

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