Women strip for rain
Women at Doddakurugodu in Gauribidanur stripped themselves naked and offered prayers to the rain god.
Valvemen as well as village elders stood guard during the ritual.
On the last day, the women also offered prayers at the nearby Gangamma Devi temple. They cooked food on the tank’s bank and served it to cowherds and shepherds and other residents of Doddakurugodu.
The village has been experiencing drought year after year — 32 of the last 75 years.
Local environmentalist Doddakurugodu Chowdappa has requested “people’s
representatives, thinkers and the government to take action to preserve water resources and also implement irrigation projects to avoid such situations.”