Weddings have been always a part of our lives and now and you might just be bored of all the “normal” bride and groom wedding highlights.
But what if the bride and groom that you see in the weddings are not human but frogs? The bride is the female frog and the groom is the male frog.
Madhya Pradesh Minister of State For Woman And Child Development had ᴏʀɢᴀɴized a wedding ceremony of two frogs at a temple in Chhattarpur.
The ceremony was performed in order to appease rain gods. Lalita Yadav, the minister is ᴀssociated with BJP. Hundreds of people had gathered at the temple premises to see the wedding and the ceremony was followed by a feast.
According to the ᴀssam natives, their ancestors had a belief that monsoon is the season for ᴍᴀᴛɪɴɢ frogs and when frog croaks, it rains. So to please Barun Devata (the rain-god), the frog marriage is performed to usher in rainfall.
The natives of ᴀssam have paddy fields in the state and as a result of the water crisis and the ᴅʀᴏᴜɢʜᴛ, they arrange a frog wedding to end the same. Then, they thank the frogs for the rainfall.
The wedding ceremony has rituals of traditional Indian wedding in which female frog is made to sit and oil is applied to her body After applying the oil, the frog is left for some time and is bathed in water and is dressed for her D-day.
On the other side, the groom and its baarati (the guests from the groom side) arrive and dance to celebrate the wedding.
After the arrival and marriage, the couple is left in the pond as these amphibians live in the water, and then people pray to the God for the rainfall. A mᴀss feast, music and dance are also the part of this ritual
In view of the heavy rains ʟᴀsʜing Madhya Pradesh, the, er, “couple” had to be divorced to stop the rains.
As of September 11, Madhya Pradesh has received 26 per cent more rainfall than normal and fʟᴏᴏᴅ-like conditions have formed in most parts of the state. On Sunday, rains in Bhopal almost broke the 13-year-old record of most rains recorded in a city.
In the last 24 hours, Bhopal has recorded 48 mm of heavy rains. In fact, two gates of Bhopal Kaliyasot Dam and Bhadbhada Dam have been opened. The gates of Kolar dam were also opened after three years to release the water.
Bhopal’s lower settlements were fʟᴏᴏᴅed after heavy rains on Wednesday. To avoid any more rains in the region, members of Om Shiv Seva Shakti Mandal of Indrapuri area symbolically divorced the frogs on Wednesday evening.
During the ceremony, mantras were chanted and the frogs were separated. The members of the Om Shiva Seva Shakti Mandal believe that the way the divorce of the frogs would bring relief to the people of Bhopal.