Frogs married off to get rain in UP
India was always been a superstitious country. No matter how much we grow in science and technology, superstitions remained same. Two frogs were married off to get rain. It was in a bizarre ritual organised in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi city. The unusual ceremony was held with the hope of getting some rain as most parts of the state is experiencing severe heat wave.
The bride and groom, both made of plastic, were placed on plates decorated with garlands as a priest chanted Sanskrit verses and performed a special hawan (prayer) to please the rain gods. A poster depicting the newlyweds and announcing their nuptials hung on the wall in a room full of people gathered for the wedding. Before the ceremony, a wedding procession danced to drum beats to celebrate the special union of the frogs.
The organisers said the wedding was arranged to appease Indra Dev, the Hindu god of rain.
“We want rainfall in the city. It’s an old belief that the wedding of frogs makes Indra Dev happy. We have been affected by the blistering heat. It is raining everywhere but not in Varanasi. So, we organised this wedding, requesting Indra Dev to hasten the arrival of monsoon in the city” said.
Two people dressed as bride and groom were also part of the ceremony. After the wedding, all four of them posed for photos.