On March 14, the state government banned plastic and all plastic and thermacol products in Karnataka. The notification cites: “No shopkeeper, vendor, trader shall use plastic carry bags, plastic plates, plastic cups, plastic spoons.”
A devotee eats prasadam in the backdrop of a notice announcing withdrawal of poojas by the Vinayaka temple in Yelahanka New Town bangaloremirror
The temples are also asking devotees to opt for more expensive poojas.
Yelahanka Ayyappa Temple nrameshrao
They said they experimented with aluminium foil, but it turned out to be more costly than they charge for the pooja.
“Devotees believe their pooja is never complete without prasadam. With no plastic available, we requested devotees to bring their own boxes. However, many of them wouldn’t do so and when we expressed our helplessness to provide prasadam they are enraged and start arguing with us. To avoid unnecessary problems, we have discontinued several pooja services,” said Satyanarayana Sharma, who works as a temple priest.
Sri Kalika Durga Parameswari temple – Vidyaranya pura – Bangalore nrameshrao
As per the temple, pooja requires packaging. Solid prasadam can be used in leaf, but for liquids it is difficult. They say due to ban on plastics, in days to come, many of the lower denomination poojas are sure to be phased out.