Farmers took to ancient rituals of Bihar so that ‘god’ can make it rain.
Farmers in the eastern Indian state of Bihar have asked their unmarried daughters to plough parched fields naked, in a bid to embarrass the weather gods to bring some badly needed monsoon rain.
Witnesses said the naked girls in Bihar state ploughed the fields and chanted ancient hymns after sunset to invoke the gods.
The witnesses also said that elderly village women helped the girls drag the ploughs.
‘They believe their acts would get the weather gods badly embarrassed, who in turn would ensure bumper crops by sending rains,’ Upendra Kumar, a village council official, said from Bihar’s remote Banke Bazaar town.
‘This is the most trusted social custom in the area and the villagers have vowed to continue this practice until it rains very heavily.’
India this year suffered its worst start to the vital monsoon rains in eight decades, causing drought in some states.
Earlier this week, farmers in West Bengal state held a marriage ceremony for frogs, in another attempt to make the rains come.
Via the Metro UK