Farmers, politicians turn to rain gods
With many parts of the state experiencing less rainfall during the ongoing monsoon season, people and politicos are gradually turning to Rain God for help. Particularly, in Nizamabad and Kamareddy districts, leaders have begun performing Yagnas and Yagams at various temples to propitiate the Rain God.
NIZAMABAD : With many parts of the state experiencing less rainfall during the ongoing monsoon season, people and politicos are gradually turning to Rain God for help. Particularly, in Nizamabad and Kamareddy districts, leaders have begun performing Yagnas and Yagams at various temples to propitiate the Rain God.For instance, Agriculture minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy along with his wife Pushmamma participated in Varuna Yagam held at Venkateswara Swamy Temple in Thimmapur village of Birkur mandal in Kamareddy district on Saturday. The programme was conducted under the supervision of Cheryal Narasimha Murthy and other six priests. Large number of devotees participated in the day long Yagam.
“Last year also Agriculture minister performed Varuna Yagam in the same temple. After that, the district received abundant rainfall. Hence, this year too, the minister conducted Varuna Yagam in the temple,” K Raghavachary, a local resident, commented.During present monsoon season, several areas of the Kamareddy, Nizamabad and Adilabad districts received rains during the onset of monsoon season. But, later dry weather conditions began giving jitters to the farming community. Thus, the ongoing prolonged dry spell in most of parts of these districts has sent the local farmers into a state of agitation as they fear that dry weather might decrease agricultural productivity in the Kharif season. Because of this, there has been increased spiritual activity to appease rain God in these districts for the past one week.
Devotees conducted special pujas in Anjaneya Swamy temple in Bodhan town, praying to the God for abundant rains. Likewise, several devotees conducted Sudharshana Chandi Yagam in Jankampet Laxminarasimha Swami temple. In the same manner, farmers of Darpally village, Nizmabad district conducted special Bonalu and villagers offered coconuts to Goddess for rains.
By keeping in mind the ongoing Sravanamasam, several business and caste organisations are also conducting special pujas in Sivalayams in Nizamabad, Bodhan, Kamareddy and Adilabad. In fact, officials confirmed that Nizamabad district is facing negative situation with regard to rainfall. Due to that, agriculture activity in the ongoing Kharif season in these districts is going at a snail’s pace. Farmers could complete the sowing activity only at those places where borewells are working properly.“Adilabad district, which receives good rains every year because of extensive forest area, is also witnessing deficit rainfall this year,” an official from the Agricultural department said.