In a unique wedding of sorts, locals in Rongdoi village in Assam’s Jorhat district held frog wedding to please the Hindu Rain God Barun. Hundreds of villagers came together and witnessed the marriage at village community hall till late in the night. As per Hindu mythological belief, if wild frogs are married off following wedding rituals like human beings, it can bring rainfall. It is believed that frog marriages please Barun Devata. With thousands of farmers awaiting rain in drought like situation, farmers in the State are now trying to please rain God in a desperate attempt.
Assam are reeling under the wrath of drought. Paddy fields in most parts of the State have been affected with no rain in the past. Long term drought like situation could affect tea cultivation in the State too.
While this is the condition are some parts, other parts of the state are facing floods. The marriage was conducted like any other Indian wedding. Same customs and rituals were also followed. Guests who attended the event, also brought gifts for the frog ‘couple’. As per the organizers of the wedding, they were just following the traditions by their forefathers. People in olden days in the village had organised similar frog marriages to please rain Gods.
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A group of villagers represented the bridegroom’s side and another group represented the bride side in the marriage ceremony. A haldi ceremony was also organised for the frogs. Both the frogs were decorated with oil and sindoor on the wedding day. A paddy plant was planted marking the wedding.
In Karnataka, a 10 year old boy was paraded naked through a drought-hit village in Chitradurga to please the rain God. Video of the incident had gone viral. The boy walked through the streets while villagers performed pooja to an idol. He then carried the idol amid chanting and beating of drum by villagers. Later he was given new clothes to propitiate the rain god.