India is a religious country where religion is a part of everyday life.
Millions of devotees throng to countless temples to worship their favorite deities every day.
While there is variance between how one offers the prayers, the most common practice is to offer food to the idols.
Be it pouring milk over Shiva-ling or pouring oil Shani’s idol, a lot of edible food items are devoted to deities almost every day.
Worried over wastage of food over religious rituals, a group of five friends have devised a plan to satisfy not only the devotees but also the people who are worried about it.
This Maha Shivratri, Karan Goel, Nishant Singhal, Anmol Sharma, Ankit Chaudhary and Charchit Kansal saved about 100 liters of milk which was offered to Shivalinga of Saket Shiva temple in Meerut.
The five friends devised a simple yet genius contraption so as to save the milk.
Karan and his friends came up with this idea as they couldn’t see the wastage of milk that takes place in temples every day and devised the contraption to test this Shivaratri. Karan said:
“Devotees pour milk on the kalash which is placed right above the shivling. We made two holes in the kalash — one on its base and the other one at a certain height. The kalash had a capacity of seven litres. So we devised a system which ensured that after one litre of milk trickled down on the shivling, the remaining six litres flowed into a container through the pipe attached to the second hole.”
They then set this apparatus upon a steel tripod above the Shivaling so that it would not topple and milk can be saved and now want this contraption to be used in other temples so as to save milk across the country. Nishant Singhal said:
“We spent only Rs. 2,500 to develop this system. We will be uploading videos on our Facebook page ‘India Against Hungry’ so that it can be replicated by people in other cities.”
What’s more to make sure that the milk doesn’t get contaminated they contacted Parag Milk Foods and sought expert advice on their contraption. Anmol Sharma said:
“We were told that the only way to ensure the milk doesn’t get contaminated is by storing it in steel containers and by appealing to the devotees to pour only plain milk on the kalash. Often, people add flower petals and other things to the milk. Through pamphlets, we request such people to pour milk directly on the shivling and not on the kalash.”
They then went on to test this contraption in Meerut’s Saket temple and expected to save about 50 liters on Shivratri. But to their utter surprise, they managed to save over 100 liters milk by afternoon on Shivratri.
They then went on to send all of the saved milk to Satyakaam Manav Seva Samiti, which is an organization that helps HIV positive and orphaned kids.