Chennai: As the opposition DMK held protests throughout the state on Saturday condemning the AIADMK government for 'failing' to tackle Tamil Nadu's acute water crisis, state ministers and ruling party members conducted special yagams to appease the Rain God and offered prayers in the temples across the state for bounteous rains.
Varuna Japam and Annadhanam (mass feeding) were organised and the ministers attended the special pujas in temples. While handlooms minister O.S. Manian, party's secretary for the Nagapattinam district, attended the puja at Vedaranyeswarar temple in his constituency of Vedaranyam, revenue minister R.B. Udayakumar, secretary of the Amma Peravai, attended the events in Sholavandan, Usilampatti and Thirumangalam - all in Madurai district.
Last month, the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) Department had directed the temples under its control to conduct homams and special pujas for bounteous rains.
And as the DMK members staged “empty pot” demonstrations, urging the government to take steps to address the issue, the AIADMK members were busy in religious ceremonies in the temples.
“Monsoon failure is the major reason for the water scarcity in the state. Even the opposition parties know this but they want to politicise the issue for their personal gains,” fisheries minister D. Jayakumar said. The government, he said, is making best efforts to resolve the water deficiency in the state. “The AIADMK party workers are conducting yagnas for rain to seek diving blessings to quench the people's thirst,” he added.
Mr Jayakumar who participated in a 'yagam' at a Shiva temple here and planted saplings on the premises, told reporters that performing yagams was “an expression of faith.” He hoped that god will answer their prayers..
Quite surprisingly, the city experienced sharp showers for about half-an-hour in the evening, much to the relief and joy of the people....