Agra, 2017.07.21 (Anuja Jaiswall, TNN): With rains still eluding many UP districts, including Mathura and Agra, people are resorting to “totka” and prayers to appease the rain gods.
Ever since last Saturday when two teenaged girls went on an indefinite fast to pray for rains, a virtual race has now started to appease the rain gods.
On Thursday, in village Sujgai in Agra, three daughter of a farmer, Sakhi Sharma, Anjali and Kalpana Tomar, ploughed their field as part of an old age tradition to please rain gods, as its believed this could lead to plenty of rainfall in the region.
Before ploughing their field, they all participated in hawan and even villagers gathered to perform bhajans and keertan.
In Mathura’s Sihora village, a 60 year old, Ram Das Mahant, has also been sitting on fast for past four days. He said that due to scanty rainfall, farmers are worried about their future, as drought could lead to multiple problems for the farmers.
Ram Bahadur, a farmer form the same the village, said that everyone is confident that the prayers of the baba and two girls, Suman and Rukmani, who have been sitting on a fast in Malsarav village of Mathura would yield the desired results.
Monsoon has eluded Agra, Mathura region, while rains have occurred in most parts of south, west and eastern India.