Shoals of fish are dying daily in the lake of the popular tourist destination Pushkar due to pollution and decreasing water levels.
Pushkar, over 140 kms from Jaipur, is a sacred town of the Hindus. It boasts of the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma, the first of the Hindu Trinity and lord of creation.
Hindus believe offering prayers at the temple and taking a dip in the Pushkar lake ensure salvation. However, a foul smell has now engulfed the entire area, as about 200 fish are dying daily in the lake.
"Owing to pollution and decreasing water levels, a large number of fish are dying. Only three feet of water is now left in the lake, which has a capacity of over 10 feet," said RK Parashar, a local resident.
Local residents carried out a funeral procession of the dead fish and held demonstrations on Tuesday in front of the local municipal office in Jaipur. A mob surrounded the chairperson of the municipality and threw dead fish around in his office.
"The dead fish would soon be taken out of the lake and would be buried elsewhere. We will deploy some additional workers to complete the work as soon as possible," Gopal Sharma, the municipality chairman, said.