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Lesson from Kerala floods : Human activities, climate change has disastrous effects on environment

  Lesson from Kerala floods : Human activities, climate change has disastrous effects on environment   Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 19 October 2021   Overexploitation of natural resources and haphazard development by humans has led to climate change, resulting in long-lasting consequences on the environment. This is increasing health hazards and natural disasters, and more, day by day. The torrential flooding being witnessed recently in the state of Kerala in India is a prime example of this, say many experts.   This is not the first time that Kerala, a state of 34 million people, has been devastated by floods. It saw the worst floods in a century in 2018 when severe rains caused flash floods and landslides, killing nearly 500 people and leaving a million homeless. The following year, more than 125 people were killed in flash floods and landslides across the state. More than 50 were killed in August last year after landslides struck the hilly Munnar region.   The latest spell of torrential

Temple priest stumbles and falls in fiery coal pit, sustains serious burn injuries

Temple priest stumbles and falls in fiery coal pit, sustains serious burn injuries


Story by Sumesh RajanMumbai: March 7, 2018


A priest sustained serious burn injuries while attempting to run across a fiery coal pit as part of a religious festivity at a temple in India.

The incident took place on March 5 during the Kandotsav festivities at the Sri Maramma Devi temple located in Sathanur village in Kanakapura taluka (division) of Ramanagara district in the south Indian state of Karnataka.

The terrifying footage – shot by one of the devotees – shows the priest being readied for the ritual while the devotees surrounding the coal pit shouting and goading him. At the fourth stride, the priest – identified as Ravi in his mid-thirties – stumbles and scrambles to run across the fiery coals. However, unable to balance, he repeatedly keeps falling to the horror of the bystanders. Finally, a seriously burnt Ravi is lifted out of the coal pit.

He has been admitted to Kempegowda Hospital in Bengaluru, and is undergoing treatment for the burn injuries, say local police sources.

This is not the first instance such a mishap has occurred during a fire-walk. Last year, in a similar incident, the 38-year-old head priest of Kalabairaveshwara Temple in Mandya district of the same state was badly burnt in the Kandotsav held there. Three years ago, a 65-year-old man died after falling into the burning coal embers as he took part in the fire-walk at Kalikamba temple in Mandya district.

Though fire-walking is part of religious festivities in many temples in South India, rationalists say that the act of walking fiery coals – performed mostly to appease gods, to cure illness, in fear or to fulfill a vow undertaken – falls within the scope of superstitious acts, and needs to be stopped. 



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