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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

Fiery faith: Devout dance on fire, remain unhurt

Fiery faith: Devout dance on fire, remain unhurt


 

Sumesh Rajan

Mumbai: 23 October 2018


Faith can conquer anything is the belief of many religious devout. Followers of a Hindu sect called Sidh, which was founded by Guru Jasnathji Maharaj in the 16th century, perform a devotional fire dance called Agni Nritya singing praises of their Guru. Amazingly, the performers though they jump on to burning charcoals while singing, remain unhurt.

 
A video of one such fire dance has gone viral on WhatsApp, wherein a young Sidh dancer can be seen dancing with an aarti (burning wicks on lamp) in his hand dancing around burning charcoal pit. He then pours ghee (clarified butter) in the smoldering pit which fans the fire further. Following he dances around the pit and climbs on to the fire for a few seconds, and makes circumambulation dances around the fire, taking the name of Guru Jasnathji. Miraculously he remains unhurt throughout the ritual. All the while, Sidh devotees gathered at the site play cymbals and sing devotional songs.

The fire dance was performed during a religious fair at Panchla village in Rajasthan, India.

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