Bengaluru: Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has now decided to perform pujas and yagnas to appease rain god Varuna and very soon Vedic hymns to propitiate the same god are set to reverberate through major temples across the state.
An astrologer, whom Kumaraswamy is said to have consulted, predicted that the drought situation in the state is going to worsen this year, therefore CM has decided to perform Rishyashringa Yagna in Kigga, Sringeri as there is a belief that performing special pujas in Kigga ensure a bountiful monsoon.
Meanwhile, criticizing Kumaraswamy’s decision to perform puja, BJP general secretary, Aravind Limbavali said, “26 districts of the state are facing severe drinking water shortage, and people are migrating to towns in search of livelihood, and our chief minister wants to perform yagnas. Why talk of relief measures and ways to monitor them? He has to call his officials to review the situation and find out where the money has gone, and the relief measures taken.”
It may be recalled that, in 2017, M B Patil performed a homa at the source of the Krishna and Cauvery to appease the rain god. The Congress had then allocated 20 lakh to the state-controlled Cauvery Neeravari Nigam to conduct homas at Talacauvery and Krishna to ensure a good monsoon, but had withdrawn it following criticism.