New Delhi, June 24: In a unique wedding sort, local people in Varanasi organised a wedding of two plastic frogs to please the Hindu Rain God Indra. A huge number of people gathered to witness this unusual wedding. As per Hindu mythological belief, if wild frogs are married off following wedding rituals like human beings, it can bring rainfall. It is believed that frog marriages please Hindu God Indra. Also Read - UP Police Takes Away Metal Pot Full of Mughal-Era Coins Found by Labourers While Digging For Brick Kiln, SHO Makes Absurd Statement
The two plastic frogs were kept on decorated plates with garlands around the ‘newlyweds’. Two persons dressed themselves up as the bride and bridegroom. A priest was performing a hawan (special offering) to solemnise the frogs’ marriage. People were also seen dancing to the beats of a drum and enjoying the rare occasion. Also Read - MP Newly-Wed Couple Along With 105 Guests Quarantined After Bride's Relative Found COVID-19 Positive
Talking to a news agency ANI, an organiser said, “We want rainfall in the city. It’s an old belief that the wedding of frogs makes Indra Dev happy. We have been affected by the blistering heat. It is raining everywhere but not in Varanasi. So, we organised this wedding, requesting Indra Dev to hasten the arrival of monsoon in the city.”
With little or no rainfall seen in parts of Uttar Pradesh, locals are experiencing difficulties due to rising temperatures in the region.
In Lucknow, the district magistrate has ordered authorities to shut all primary and secondary schools, and CBSE and ICSE-affiliated institutions till June 30 due to excessive heat in the city. Furthermore, strict action would be taken if any school is found operating before the stipulated date, an official release noted.
A similar incident was reported from Chhatarpur city of Madhya Pradesh. Locals held frogs wedding to please rain god. Madhya Pradesh Minister Lalita Yadav also participated in the wedding and said, “We have prayed to God for rain in drought-hit Bundelkhand region and for the welfare of our farmers.”
Monsoon 2018 is expected to be normal in India in comparison to 2017 when the country received below normal rainfall, private weather forecasting agency Skymet had predicted. As per the report, India is most likely to witness normal annual monsoon rains at 100 per cent of the Long Period Average (LPA) for the four-month period from June to September. While in some parts of the country is already witnessing pre-monsoon rainfall.