A Kathakali story enlightens on an environmental problem.Today I spent a couple of hours watching 'Kathakali', a unique art form of Kerala. The story was 'Kirmeera Vadham' (killing Kirmeeran).Today's show was an incident after the killing. Duryodhana sent the Pandavas to the forest after usurping the kingdom. The show started with Panchali, the common wife of all Pandavas, conversing with Dharmaputhra (the seniormost Pandava) about food in the forest. Panchali was worried about accompanying Brahmins' food. They were thousands in number. Dharmaputhra contacted a Sanyasin (Dhoumya muni) for a solution. Mini suggests to pray to Sun God (Surya bhagavan). Dharma puthra obeys and after praying Surya bhagavan appears in front of him with Pot, "Akshaya pathram". Bhagavan told him, the pot would give as much food as needed, but with a condition that the supply would stop once Panchali takes her food. That means Panchali must eat at the end.
In this it is the Sun which is supplying food. On this earth food items are grown only if Sun light is available. If we pollute the atmosphere the direct contact of Sun light will be obstructed, leading to contamination of soil and water. So the akshaya pathram is the solar energy. Panchali stands for the last person to consume the Sun rays. When the population increases the food need also increase.