Newsletter - July 2023
Devi Ahilyabai Holkar helped in not only restoring the ancient temples all over India but also constructed many water bodies which are still intact even after 250 years and having water in all the seasons. Moreover, the construction is superb – aesthetic in look and also ensures neat and clean water. Please see the youtube https://youtu.be/SEThGEYm0Y8
We as a part of the Green Rameswaram project are concentrating on Revival and Renovation of Traditional water bodies in Rameswaram. As on today, we have revived and renovated more than 50 water bodies which are outside the temple. However, as per the scriptures, there are 108 Teerthams related to Ramanathaswami temple which are located in Ramanathapuram district. In the coming years, we will move beyond the Rameswaram Island and will start renovating the balance Traditional water bodies.
- In this month, Dr.Sanjay Banerji writes on “SDG Progress Report 2023”
- Shri.Rangarajan, translates a few shlokas from the rare book on Ramanathaswami Temple
- Usual work carried out by Hand in Hand Inclusive Development Services in Solid waste management
- Dr.A.Abirami, Programme Officer of the C.P.R. Environmental Educational Center, writes on the herbal plant – Kumattikkai (Atmaraksha)
- In Livelihood section, we covered the case study of one EDII trainee and Green transport
- In Social capital - Teertha Poojas, Guru poornima celebrations, Webinars and finally 'Green Rameswaram newsletter’ by the students and for the students of Rameswaram
With best wishes,Editorial Team
Green Rameswaram Project
Rameswaram - 623526
Ph: 04573 - 222296(office)
SDG Progress Report 2023
This month, I would like to go back to the theme of Sustainable Development, and offer you an update on what is happening on the SDGs front. I shall attempt to provide an overview of these topics: SDG Progress Report 2023, Covid 19 Impact, SG’s call, SDG Stimulus, G 20 and Role of Civil Society C 20.
A Rare book - Dhevaiula
This classical work on Sri Ramanatha Swami of Rameswaram was composed by “Palapattadai Chokkanatha Pillai”. This work was discovered by Dr.U.Ve.Saminatha Iyer after comparing multiple versions. He also wrote a commentary on this rare text.
With the blessings of Lord Ramanatha Swami, Mother Parvathavardhini & Lord Rama, here is an attempt to provide a reasonable translation of this work, in English. Any error can be ascribed to me.
Solid Waste Management
Door to door awareness programme
11 Door-to-Door Awareness programmes were conducted in the Municipality on 3rd, 6th,11th,12th,17th,19th,21st, 23rd, 27th 29th, and 31st July at Rajiv Gandhi Nagar-Ward-1,Sivagami Nagar-Ward-2 (100), Pathrakaliamman kovil street-ward-7, Bharathi Nagar-ward -8, Thetcharkollai street-ward-11, Pallivasal street-ward-12, Muthusavadi street-ward-13, west street-ward-14, west car street -ward-15,Nethaji nagar-ward-18, and Natarajapuram- ward- 29, respectively. 1100 households were sensitized on MSWM and segregation of waste at source through these programmes.
Herbal Garden (Muligai Vanam)
Distribution and Habitat
Case study presented to EDII
The case study highlights the transformative journey of Ushananthini from Sethu Nagar, Mandapam area, who attended an entrepreneurship training program on beekeeping and honey processing conducted by the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) and executed by the Green Rameswaram Trust. It showcases how Ushananthini, along with her friends, formed a Joint Liability Group (JLG) named Everest JLG and achieved financial independence through honey production.
Green Rameswaram Trust
Slowly and gradually, we have started Teertha poojas at the renovated Teerthas with the help of community including our SHG members, E-auto drivers and Yoga participants. This month, we covered 31 Traditional water bodies with 207 volunteers participating in the activity. The details are given below.