Devotional pollution

March 4, 2018
burning incense sticks

Hindus, Christians and Buddhists, all use incense sticks while worshiping. Burning incense sticks is an essential part of our prayer.

But is it only aroma?

No, it has hidden harmful effects which are equally hazardous as Cigarette smoke.

Please excuse me if this hurts your sentiments.

I am a believer in God and I have no bad intentions against the people who follow this ritual. All I wish is to bring awareness.

People light up these sticks without knowing the underlying fact. Moreover, when current pollution figures are alarming, its our individual responsibility to cut out any source of pollution.


Smoke in the name of devotion is also called Pollution.


I wish I could tell these people how much this devotional smoke irritates my nose and mind.

I wish I could tell them that this is also pollution which is equally harmful for the lungs as Cigarette smoke with no ventilation around.

Why is it so difficult for us to bring the change which is good for everyone. Why we blindly follow something.


“To follow by faith alone is to follow blindly” ~ Benjamin Franklin


What can we do instead-

  • Light up an oil/ghee lamp.
  • Use Aromatherapy diffuser which emits a mist of water and essential oils.


Kindly help me in spreading this message around and create awareness.

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  • Reply Ramya March 6, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Thinking about a few alternatives to avoid smoke pollution really can do wonders.

    • Reply Upasna March 9, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      You are right Ramya, these are small things (that matter a lot) we can do to reduce the pollution around.

  • Reply Manisha Garg March 6, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    This is 200% true. Incense sticks hurt me so much but there are people in my family who dont want to understand me. I plan to show this post to them.

    • Reply Upasna March 9, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      I am happy that this resonated with so many people. Let’s bring the change by educating them.

  • Reply Vasantha March 5, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Rightly pointed, Upasna. I too agree with your insight.

    • Reply Upasna March 9, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks Vasantha..Let’s bring the change together and contribute a little towards the clean environment.

  • Reply Upasna March 5, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Thanks Mayura.

  • Reply Priyanka Patwari March 5, 2018 at 7:36 am

    Never know it’s too much harmful.. Thanks for writing about it

    • Reply Upasna March 5, 2018 at 10:58 am

      I am glad that my post is creating awareness. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts. Happy to connect

  • Reply Yogeeta March 4, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    I’m no Atheist, but this post is that bitter fact of life and an eye-opener for all of us.

    • Reply Upasna March 5, 2018 at 11:17 am

      Thanks Yogeeta. I hope it brings some change.

  • Reply Varsh March 4, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Honestly, I’m quite allergic to smoke and it gives me headaches. Having said that, I light incense sticks in my home everyday because I love the smell and feel positivity. We can always take measures like switching on the fan and letting the smoke disperse quickly if it bothers us, right?

    • Reply Upasna March 5, 2018 at 11:20 am

      Right Varsha, we should light it up in the well ventilated area. But I think lightning up 1 stick is fine because I have seen people lightning the sticks in multiples. Not only health but it degrades our environment too.

  • Reply Jhilmil March 4, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Diffusers are really great options, people are just following what used to happen from ages and when it comes to god’s, people are always reluctant to change. We should spread this awareness.

    • Reply Upasna March 5, 2018 at 11:24 am

      You are right Jhilmil, people feel offended when it comes to their religious practices.Thanks for supporting the cause.

  • Reply poornima m reddy March 4, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    really agree with your statement, in early days we were using organic so it was healthy too , but now everything become chemicals and its a pollution n harm too.

    • Reply Upasna March 5, 2018 at 11:28 am

      You hit the right chord Poornima. Earlier the sticks were made of good wood and essential oils but these days, they are mostly chemical based.

  • Reply Nisha Malik March 4, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Blind Devotion most of the times hurt environment & natural resources. I feel very bad when such things happen in the name of religion & devotion. It’s hard to explain things to such people because you would be outcasted as an atheist.

    • Reply Upasna March 5, 2018 at 11:43 am

      I agree with Nisha but I don’t budge. I continue to tell them that it’s not right.

  • Reply Mayura Amarkant March 4, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Loved this line: Smoke in the name of devotion is also called Pollution. Pertinent points raised. Would love to read more from you on this topic and others. Keep writing 🙂
    #AlexaTheIncredible #womenbloggerwb

    • Reply Upasna March 5, 2018 at 11:47 am

      Thanks Mayura.

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