Volume No. 10 Issue No.: 3 Page No.: 565-575 Jan-Mar 2016

 

DETOXIFYING DIVINITY: SCIENCE, RELIGION, AND THE RIVER YAMUNA OF NORTH INDIA

 

Saha A.

Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA (UNITED STATES)

 

Received on : November 09, 2015

 

ABSTRACT

 

The Yamuna River covers a distance of about 1376 kilometers and has a catchment area of 366,223 square kilometers in the world's second most populated country, India. The river is not only an important source of water for millions, it is also worshipped by Hindus around the world. This Science, Technology and Society (STS) article, explores the religious forces and perspectives that are seeking to rejuvenate the Yamuna River that has in the past been declared "dead", downstream of New Delhi, as it flows through Vrindavan, India. Thearticle concludes that religious organizations can make practical contributions to the environmental cause, from within their own theological traditions. The following research details the causes and consequences of pollution in the Yamuna, the ongoing efforts to save the river, and the role of Gaudiya Vaishnava theology in the environmental politics relatedits restoration.

 

Keywords : Yamuna, Environment, Pollution, Religion, Theology

 

 

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