Puppet Show Raises Awareness & Catalyzes Behaviour Change
As part of the Mela with a Message, Swachh Kanwad Mela intitiative, blessed, inspired and led by HH Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, carried out with the dedication of GIWA, GAP and DSF volunteers coming together, there are regular puppet and street theatre shows being performed to raise awareness on keeping our sacred pilgrimage sites, our villages and our communities free from open defecation and pollution.
Since the beginning of the mela til date more than 18 shows have been shown all across the Kanwad Yatra route. Some of the locations include Hari Ki Pauri, Haridwar, Rishikesh Railway Station, Chaurasi Kutiya Neelkanth Marg, Bairaj Road, IDPL Parking and many, many others.
The young and passionate artists have joined the Parmarth Family to offer their talent and their time, finding new locations everyday and reaching out to make the largest impact with this vital message, are continuing their performances daily til the end of the mela. A huge number of Kanwar Yatris gather eagerly and enthusiastically to watch the shows and also pledge at the end of each show with their hands raised high, sometimes even hoisting Swachta Kranti flags, to show their commitment and support of a Swachh Bharat, one that is free from open defecation and pollution.
Through the shows basic facts of cleanliness, such as the harms of defecating in the open, the benefits of using a toilet as well as handwashing with soap, amongst other basic hygienic practices, are shared.
With Pujya Swamiji’s blessings and vision, this intervention has truly become a great success and a great hit amongst the Kanwad Yatris, devotees of Lord Shiva, coming from all across India for the month long Shrawan Mas.