Can We Recycle Flower Offerings At Temples? This NGO Says Yes

The Indian Social Responsibility Network will honor Praveen Chauhan of Gaya on 12th February under The Vision of Antyodaya. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will felicitate Shri Praveen Chauhan in the ceremony to be held in Delhi. Minister Prahlad Patel and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) President Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe will also be present on the occasion.

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On this occasion, the book ‘The Vision of Antyodaya’ will also be released, in which projects of 408 people, including Mr. Chauhan, have been featured. He is being given this award for the upliftment of women. With this project, efforts are being made for the upliftment of women from lower strata of the society, by connecting them with employment opportunities.

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Chauhan told that the village of Ghoghwa in the Bodhgaya block used to go for handloom first. Amber charkha will be given to 250 women, who will be linked to self-help groups. A discussion with the organisation ‘Jeevika’ is also being held. A loan will be provided by the bank linked to Jeevika’s start-up plan.

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The flowers offered during worship at the Mahabodhi temple are no longer thrown. Color is extracted from these flowers and the dress prepared by dyeing Khadi is being marketed. This work is being done by the maternal institution of Gaya. On the organisation, Chauhan says that people have deep faith in Khadi dyed in organic color, which is derived from flowers from the Mahabodhi temple. In the last one year, 25,000 meters of Khadi has been dyed. These Khadi garments are in demand in countries including Australia, Japan and America. During the tourist season, an average of 300 kg flowers are produced daily.

Chauhan says that the discussion with the secretary of the industries department of the state will create a natural color and dye for Khadi. It can also be seen as a waste management practice. Incense sticks and organic compost will be made from the residue. The Art of Living, Tata Trust, and Sri Sri Rural Development Program Trust are in talks about the project. We have also received an offer from the Government of Karnataka to work for 103 temples of Mahabaleshwar. We need the support of the Bihar government so that we can connect the women there with this project by staying in Bihar. My project is currently getting the support of Ruma Tomar, Shashank Chaudhary, Nivedita Achutham, Gaurav, Kishan and Soumya.

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