Artificial Rain.. Crazy Faith..or Depression? I like them all.
I have started believing in the fact that we are a country, overpopulated with educated fanatics, or call them literate barbarians. One would really go mad looking at the way things happen here. Well this is a subject of endless discussion. One can cite innumerable crazy, bizarre and barbaric happenings here and still would not exhaust the list.
Coming back to our topic of rains, some latest interesting stories are doing the rounds. The other day I read a news article about a Mahayagnam, a ritual performed at the Nampally Exhibition grounds, here in Hyderabad, to please the rain God(s).
Needless to say, the innumerable Gods we have on the menu (to please), one lifetime is not really enough. To make it a little more interesting lets add a few numbers to it - 150 priests from the famous Tirupathi Temples (TTD – Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam) performed the rituals spreading 3 days. There were 108 homagundams – platforms made of bricks (open in the centre) for the holy fire and more than 5000 people attending the functions.
Now, its a different fact that our very own Chief Minister Dr. YSR Reddy was among those 5000. No prize for guessing the purpose of his visit. I’m sure he himself is very much worried thinking about all the problems the rain gods are landing him and his party into.
Muslims too have been reported of offering prayers in open grounds near water reservoirs. Some faith I must say, amongst Hindus, Muslims and Christians; all seem to be exhibiting this faith, common to all. I wonder why at times then they all fall prey to the communal disharmonic feelings.
Move to the scientific side of the story and we hear that there were a few rounds of cloud seeding don last week. Like one of the NDTV articles said, the rain god doesn’t know we have elections ahead and a bad monsoon really can make or break the political plans of all parties, especially the ruling one’s. Hence the parties are trying their luck in all possible ways.
Move on a little further and we have the latest news of rains from depressions in Bay of Bengal. As far as I can remember, from my childhood days, most rain in Hyderabad came from depressions and some from the seeding of clouds. But rituals??? Well when nothing works, I think its best to fall back on luck and faith.
Whatever be it, I love all 3 – the crazy faith, the technology and of course the depressions!!!
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