Idols Wear Anti Pollution Masks In Varanasi Temple

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North India is suffering from a spell of bad air quality since Diwali. However, it seems not only humans, but even gods are now getting affected by the dangerous levels of air pollution. At the famous Shiv-Parvati temple in downtown Sigra, the faces of Lord Shiva, Goddess Durga, Goddess Kali and Sai Baba have been covered with masks.

In summer season priests would apply sandalwood ointment on idols for coolness. Similarly, in the winter season, idols are covered with blankets and sweaters. Due to the increase in pollution, the priests put the mask to cover the faces of the idols. Looking at the covered faces of their deities many people started wearing anti-pollution masks.
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