The green temple initiative to manage the waste generated in 13 temples in Madurai city has started yielding manure thus becoming a model for segregation and management of waste at source. The program, which was launched in December, last year, is being organized under ITC Mission Sunehrakal. It is being implemented in Thiruparankundram Subramaniaswamy Temple, Koodal Alagar Temple, Veera Raghava Perumal Temple, Madhana Gopal Temple, Park Murugan Temple, Karumariamman Temple, Vinayagar Temple in Ellis Nagar, Anjaneyar Temple, Inmayil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple, Veyilukkugantha Amman Temple, Athi Sivan Temple, Palani Andavar Temple and Chokkanathar Temple.
District president of Madurai District Exnora, G Mohan, said that bigger temples like Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar have their own infrastructure to manage their wet waste. The temple staffs were trained on how to dump the green waste, predominantly dry flowers and tulsi leaves offered to the deity every day. Each of these temples generated about 5 kg of waste a day, which was dumped into fabricated compost pits placed inside the temple premises. Saw dust and bacterial inoculum are added to it when the pits fill up and the mix turns into manure in 35 to 40 days. This manure was being used to fertilize the temple gardens many of which have been flourishing with the addition of the manure.
Temple authorities, who are part of the initiative, said that they could also protect the sentiments of the people through such an initiative as the flowers offered to the deity did not go to the garbage dump besides keeping the temple surroundings cleaner.