India is a country with a diverse set of religions, and each religion has its own set of customs and rituals that is rigidly followed. One of the practices commonly followed by people is to provide offerings in the form of food or flowers to the idol. Mahashivrati was recently celebrated with great enthusiasm, and witnessed an outpour of devotees offering raw milk to the shivlingam.
Youngsters Karan Goel, Anmol Sharma, Nishant Singhal, Charchit Kansal, and Ankit Chaudhary devised a technique that saved nearly 100 litres of milk from getting wasted during the Mahashivratri celebrations.
According to NDTV, Shiva is believed to be really fond of milk which is why devotees gather on this auspicious occasion to offer milk to his idol. While a few believe that this gesture will purify their soul, other legends indicate that this is done to soothe the hot-tempered deity.
Ever since his childhood, 24-year-old Karan Goel was bothered about the milk being wasted during the offering which can otherwise be provided to the underprivileged, and even refused to accompany his parents to Shiva temple on Shivratri.
Karan discussed this matter with four of his friends and former classmates, and together, they came up with a plan to avoid the milk from being wasted without hurting anyone’s religious sentiments. Once the device was made, the friends convinced a priest at Bileshwar Nath temple, Meerut, allowing them to establish a system on its premises during Shivratri. Pamphlets were also published, which were distributed among the devotees.
While speaking with The Times of India, 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.
With this technique, the friends were able to save nearly 100 litres of milk which was distributed among the underprivileged and orphaned children. These group of friends spent only Rs 2,500 to develop this system, and they will be uploading the videos on Facebook so that others can replicate the same in their cities.