The Polluted Waters, an Unpolluted Heart

Mousum De

Delhi, India

It is evident from our past what mother nature has furnished us with. She has privileged us with life-sustaining elements. Air to breathe, food to eat and water to quench our thirst. The Yamunotri is also known as the Jumna or Jamna in India and it is the second-largest tributary river of the Ganges (Ganga) and the longest tributary in India. This is one of the unlimited gifts that Mother Nature has bestowed upon us. Originating from the Yamunotri Glacier at a height of 6,387 metres on the southwestern slopes of Banderpooch peaks of the Lower Himalaya in Uttarakhand, it travels a total length of 1,376 kilometres and has a drainage system of 366,223 square kilometres, 40.2% of the entire Ganges Basin. It merges with the Ganges at Triveni Sangam, Prayagraj, which is a site of the Kumbh Mela, a Hindu festival held every 12 years.

Flocks of migratory birds arrive at the Yamuna Ghat, in Delhi each year. The brown-headed and black-headed gulls return to this prized location for breeding along the banks of Yamuna and Ganga. The Nigambodh Ghat, on the banks of the Yamuna River, is a heaven for bird watchers and Photographers.
The silent waters of mother Yamuna have been a lifeline over generations but we seem to be totally ungrateful and have taken everything for granted.The lack of awareness and proper education has severely hurt the river's well-being and people are forced to  wash and bathe in the heavily polluted waters. The young kids play and have fun in the lap of Mother Yamuna, which often leads to adverse health hazards. These waters are also supplied to residents for the household usage and it  is almost as if  Karma has hit them back. Every year in the name of devotion thousands of pilgrims devote flowers and holy offerings in the waters. This has, ironically, only contributed to the desecration of the holy waters of the river.

And yet, the river is like a mother, she blesses us magnanimously from the bottom of her unpolluted heart.

Meet the Author


Mousum De is a Street Photographer and has been working on this project since last year (2019). This documentation of the Yamuna River spans over two main locations, Kashmere Gate ( Delhi ) and Mathura ( Uttar Pradesh )

Mousum De

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