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Document Type(s):Journal Article
Article/Chapter Title:Benares, India's Most Holy City, Faces an Unholy Problem
Journal Title:Smithsonian
Author(s):Ward, Geoffrey
Date of Publication:1985
Annotation:Focusing on Veer Bhadra Mishra, chief priest of the Snakat Mochan Hindu temple in Benares and a professor of hydraulic engineering at Benares Hindu Univeristy, this article discusses the relationship between the rising pollution rates of the Ganges and its sacred status as inherently pure and purifying. Ward describes how the problems and possibilities associated with the paradoxical relationship between the worship and pollution of the river have been recognized by various figures advocating its cleanup.
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