Kanpur: With no sight of rains, farmers in Kanpur Dehat have started appeasing rain gods for revival of monsoon.
Concerned over the kharif crops, they have started performing rituals and special puja in Madanpur village of Bhognipur tehsil.
As a part of this, the women on Saturday ploughed fields in hot and humid weather, replacing the bulls, to invoke blessings of rain gods followed by offering prayers in temples.
Earlier, people, particularly the women folk of parched Madanpur village had conducted an age-old ritual ‘Bhauri’ wherein they carried ‘soop’ (dustpan), ‘chimta’ (tong), ‘belan’ (wooden rolling) and flour, and conducted circumambulation of the village. They offered `bhog’ in the temples, and prayers to appease Indra Devta.
A local astrologer Avanish Dubey said, “In the modern era, people may term this practice as a superstition, but this is a popular belief here that if women replace bull and plough fields, the rain god in return gives abundant rainfall.” “In ancient times, Janakpur was the kingdom of Videhas, where Janak was the king. Once there was a drought in the kingdom and the people started facing hardships. They all went to King Janak for solutions to their problems”, Dubey said.
King Janak promised to the people that he would do all possible means to relieve them of their problems, Dubey further said and added, “The king then asked all priests of his royal palace to come up with some solutions. One of the priests then suggested to the king that the rain god Indra-must be appeased to bring rainfall. And to appease Indra, the king should himself plough the barren land. King Janak instantly agreed to plough the field. While ploughing the field, it rained heavily.”
“It has not rained here even after the monsoon has arrived. Paddy and other crops need water otherwise their saplings will die if it doesn’t rain”, said Neelam Sachan.
To appease the rain god, a group of eunuchs also organised a ‘hawan’ at the cremation site in Bhairav Ghat area under the banner of Yug Dadhichi Dehdan Sansthan on Sunday. The eunuchs worshiped with milk, curd, honey, turmeric, kumkum, ghee, Gangajal during Shiv Archana.