Parjanya Homa planned for rainfall

Parjanya Homa planned for rainfall

Parjanya Homa planned for rainfall

The engineers of Cauvery Irrigation Corporation will perform ‘Parjanya Homa' (propitiation of rain god through a sacred fire ritual) for good rain.

The Homa will be held at Talacauvery or near Bhagandeshwara Temple at Bhagamandala on June 4. The sacred fire ritual will be held at a cost of Rs 10 lakh and it will be held under the guidance of priests from Kerala.

Water Resources Minister M B Patil and District In-charge Minister M R Seetharam will offer special prayers on the day.

Harangi reservoir executive engineer Rangaswamy said no official order has been issued to conduct the ritual. It has been a tradition from the time of Mysuru Maharajas to offer speical prayers at Talacauvery before the onset of monsoon.

The farmers in the KRS dam catchment area offer prayers for rains every year. There is no need to apply special meaning to the rituals, he added.

Bhagandeshwara Temple executive officer Jagadish Kumar said no preparations have been done for Parjanya Homa in Bhagamandala.

Prakruthi Foundation had organised ‘Parjanya Varuna Yaga’ in Bhagamandala in previous September. Fifteen priests from Maharashtra used 100 kg clarified butter, jackfruit wood, sandalwood and banyan wood in the three-day sacred fire ritual. But, on the last day, during ‘Poornahuthi’, the concluding offerings, the locals staged a protest and stopped the ritual.

Bhagamandala resident Mohan said Kodagu has received  good pre-monsoon rain. Therefore, there is no need for the government to spend money and make hasty decisions to get rain, he felt.

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