Protection of environment through green pilgrimage: A review article
Shikha Uniyal Gairola
A pilgrimage is a divine experience. In Hinduism, pilgrimage is the practice of journeying to the sites of religious powers and knowledge. The word ‘pilgrim’ denotes a person who is on a religious travel. The word pilgrim is derived from a Latin word ‘peregrinus’ which means traveller, globetrotter or a person belonging to other country. In today's world, pilgrimages have become corrupted by consumerism. Pilgrimage sites are often located in spots of natural beauty. In earlier days, a pilgrimage was considered as a holy journey which was full of odds. Increased and improved transportation had enhanced the accessibility of the tough religious sites which had led to multifold dumping of filth and waste. Natural forests had also been affected due to religious observances. Thus, there is an urgent need to shift from the concept of just a "pilgrimage" to "green pilgrimage". This paper highlights the significance of green pilgrimage and its beneficial effects on the environment of the present day. Green pilgrimage is need of an hour. The sustainable behaviour of green pilgrimage surely shows the way to protect the environment by changing the mindset of the pilgrims.