Two “Crown Devi” idols were established in the southern city of Coimbatore, in the state of Tamil Nadu, as the country struggles with a new wave of infection.
Hindu priests from an Indian temple say daily prayers to two coronavirus goddesses to try to domesticate the pandemic as the country struggles with a new wave of infection.
Two “Crown Devi” idols have been established in the southern city of Coimbatore, in the state of Tamil Nadu, severely affected in an outbreak that has killed 100,000 people across the country in the past four weeks.
India reported 211,298 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours on Thursday, while deaths from COVID-19 increased by 3,847.
The total number of cases in the South Asian country is now 27.37 million, while the total number of fatalities is 315,235, according to data from the health ministry.
The Kamatchipuri Adhinam temple is closed to the faithful due to the high rates of Coimbatore infection, but the priests pay tribute to the goddesses, one of sandalwood and the other of stone.
They leave food and other offerings, sing prayers calling for an end to the pandemic, and bathe the idols with turmeric water and milk.
“In the past we have had similar temples for smallpox, chickenpox and plague,” said Anandbharathi K., temple manager.
“We are worshiping the virus in the form of a goddess and we pray to her every day to reduce the impacts of this disease,” she added.
Although cases are shrinking in much of India, the country of 1.3 billion people has been shocked by the severity of the latest wave of pandemic, which overwhelmed hospitals and caused a critical shortage of oxygen. and medicines.
“Even doctors are unable to cope with the enormity of the situation. So we turn to faith and to God as a last resort, ”said Anandbharathi.
The priests plan to continue their prayers to the idols of the Devi Crown for another seven weeks.