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Caption: Royal Queens of Dasaratha in front of Sage Rishyashringa — sculptures on outer wall of Ramachandra temple in Hampi.
Summer rains have failed. In Kodagu, known as a district of rains and forests, there has been no rain since November 2015, except for a few centimeters of rain in some areas a few days back; but not enough to replenish the dried up water bodies. The God of rain and crop Lord Igguthappa of Kodagu is being worshipped with special offerings by the people praying for rains. As if in answer, there were rains in some parts of Kodagu, but not enough.
In Mysuru, with the rise of mercury, humans and animals alike look exasperated. Even the gyrating fans produce only hot air. Water too has become scarce, hence precious. Sale of mineral water and beer has shot-up beyond past years, according to shop-keepers.
It is said, agriculture in India is a gamble only because of scarcity of rains and even when the seasonal rain comes more often it is erratic. Which is why, it used to be said that when there was a good King there would be timely rains and all-round prosperity. Now there are no Kings but in India we have Chief Ministers. If the Chief Minister is a good person, just and fair in his administration as also one who upholds moral values in his personal life, then there would be timely rains in the land and corresponding prosperity.
When Gundu Rao became Chief Minister (1980-83) there was copious rains in the State in contrast to drought conditions in the past years. A God-fearing religious Brahmin that Gundu Rao was (no matter he was a ‘Kolisaru Brahmana’ as he once described himself with the press), he for the first time offered bagina to River Cauvery at KRS dam along with his wife — a sort of thanksgiving to nature God. Since then every Chief Minister was offering bagina to River Cauvery and also to Kabini no matter they had to wait for the KRS dam to fill to the brim —124.80 ft. Many...more