Caring of God’s precious creation - leave a positive footprint on Earth.
We share a lofty vision of pilgrims leaving a positive footprint on earth. It involves greening of pilgrimage cities and routes. Green Pilgrims respect the local culture, traditions and environment, minimize fuel-based transportation, avoid littering, stay away from plastic and other non-biodegradable materials, and contribute to the destination.
A devotee undergoes severe austerities to purify his mind and body through the 41-day-fasting (vratham). He sleeps not on the bed and uses no footwear to protect his feet during this period. The preparedness that he undertakes before the journey and the arduousness of the divine yatra is also manifest in the way he cares for the environment. Green Pilgrimage is a clarion call to preserve what we have; the bio-diverse Sabarimala forest and our sacred rivers from pollution. It involves developing sustainable strategies and solutions for greening waste, sanitation, buildings, transport, food and accommodation for large pilgrim destinations.