July 17, 2008

Appeasing the Rain Gods

When I was growing up in Warangal, during some summers when the rains got delayed, there used to be groups of people who would go from house to house with a couple of frogs and holding leaves and branches (I think they were neem branches). When they came to our gate, we had to take a bucket of water and pour it over them, and they would then go to the next house, to be doused with another bucket of water. We were told that the frogs they had with them had just been married. This was their way of praying for rain.

Of late, I have been reading in the newspapers, about frog marriages in several parts of India. Here are two links, one with pictures, and one with a video. The video might take a while to open, but have patience, and watch it till the end.

Mangalore: Frogs married off for rain in Udipi
Allahabad: Frogs marry to bring rain

On the one hand, we hear of cloud seeding. On the other, we have honeymooning frogs. That's the typical India for you.

Whatever, we need rain, and soon.

I am not planning to go and look for frogs, but I am praying every moment.
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Photo from http://mangalorean.com

3 comments:

dharmabum said...

that is SO cute :)

Sadhana Ramchander said...

It is :)

Anonymous said...

What is your comment on the Varuna Yagnam that is going on in the exhibition grounds in Hyderabad?