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Andhra Pradesh orders temples to pray for rain

Andhra Pradesh orders temples to pray for rain

NEW DELHI: Authorities in a south Indian state have ordered temples to perform special prayers for rain after a disappointing monsoon.

The Andhra Pradesh government said Indians had been performing rituals involving prayers and offerings to the gods “since time immemorial” and they had already proved effective in bringing rain.

“Around 100 temples have performed these rituals and the feedback from the field... is that when these rituals were performed there was rainfall,” said Parakala Prabhakar, spokesman for the state’s chief minister.

Indian agriculture gets 60 percent of its precipitation from the monsoon and weak rains can spell financial disaster for its 235 million farmers.

Published in Dawn, August 20th, 2015

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