Swamiye Saranam Ayyappa
Sabarimala Dharma Sastha Ayyappa is Bhoothanatha the. Lord Ayyappa is described as Bhoothanatha, that is, the king of Panchabhoothas (jal, akasha, vayu, agni, prithvi)
According to Indian philosophy the Universe is composed of Panchabhoothas. Even our body and food we eat is composed of Panchabhoothas.
Lord Ayyappa is a Dhyana Swaroopan in Sabarimala. The Bhagavad Gita says meditation has to be done in clean surroundings -- sucho dese pratishtabhya. Similarly, Lord Ayyappa also sits in a place that is clean, inside the quietness of the forest.
A true Ayyappa devotee should avoid such activities which can cause discomfort to the Panchabhoothas resulting in ecological imbalance when he visits Sabarimala
Sabarimala is one of the most famous pilgrim plase in south India. The Temple is situated in the tiger reserve forest in the Western Ghats of Kerala. Millions of people from all over the world visit this sacred place every year. Pilgrim follows 41 days of strict deeksha going to Sabarimala.
To all the Ayyappa devotees who go to Sabarimala:
Stop using plastic as much as you can. Bring back whatever plastic you carry with you. Don't carry any plastic in the irumudi kettu. And if we go there contaminating the Panchabhoothas, it will not be a good Ayyappa darshan! A bhakta is not supposed to destroy anything or cause harm to anyone. So, all Ayyappa devotees should go there without disturbing the river Pamba, the pavana poongavanam forest and its animals.
As a true devotee Let us take an oath in the name of Lord Ayyappa that we should avoid plastic, Let us conserve the Sabarimala Pookavanom and evergreen forest with its beautiful Pampa River and wildlife for our future generations.
Every ayyappa deovtees goes to Sabarimala leaves behind at least 250 grams of plastic. Last year alone, 8750 tonnes of plastic was deposited there, which includes erumudi covers , water bottles, chocolate covers, use and throw raincoats, food covers etc. Plastic, which is a non-biodegradable, litters the environment.
The capacity of the incinerator in Sabarimala is very low
Most of the plastic materials contain food particles which may attract the animals. They ingest these food particles along with the plastic covers. Intake of this plastic ultimately kills the animals death of these animals. Please avoid plastic in sabharimala.
Find out alternatives like biodegradable plastics or eco-friendly bags.