The Ganga Aarti ritual and its influence on physical and chemical parameters of water quality of river Ganga: A preliminary study
Megha Khanduri, Amita Saxena
River Ganges has an important influence on the lives of a large portion of India’s population, and is in turn influenced by the same population. Various anthropogenic activities have played a role in the development of the river into its present state, and these anthropogenic influences still continue to change the state of the river. The present study investigates the response of some physical and chemical parameters of water quality of the river to the Ganga Aarti Ritual. The parameters of Water Temperature, Dissolved Oxygen, free CO2, Total Alkalinity, pH and Total Dissolved Solids were studied before, during and after the time of the Aarti and changes in the dissolved gases and alkalinity of the water were observed. It was inferred that organic allochthonous inputs could be driving changes in the dynamics of the dissolved gases by promoting algal growth in the channel, and could also be responsible for causing temporary changes in the Total Alkalinity of the water. Despite these observations, the selected parameters appear to be within acceptable limits, thus indicating the self-purifying capability of the river.
Megha Khanduri, Amita Saxena. The Ganga Aarti ritual and its influence on physical and chemical parameters of water quality of river Ganga: A preliminary study. International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. 2020; 2(4): 435-439.