Indian media reported that a group of women from a village in West Bengal had decided to fight the coronavirusby worshiping Corona Mai, or ‘Corona Goddess’.
The women said that they planned to worship and pray to the goddess until she takes away the coronavirus.
The women set up a small shrine and started singing songs and mantras, burning incense, and bringing offerings like fruits, vegetables, ghee, and jaggery to the goddess.
The shrine is located on the banks of Chinnamasta pond, near Asansol city.
The female worshippers hope that Corona-devi ensures that the virus leaves forever.
One of the worshippers said their offerings and chants will win them some respite from the virus.
Those worshipping the Corona Goddess are majorly women in their early 20s to old ladies in their 70s, and they all believe that the best way to help fight the pandemic is to pray to the goddess until she decides to take the coronavirus away.
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“We have decided to worship Corona devi every Monday and Friday till she becomes satisfied,” a 56-year-old woman said.
These women are not the only ones who believe that worshipping Corona Goddess is a possible way of ending the pandemic.
Also, a man identified as Anilan Muhoortham from the town of Kadakkal also set up his own temple of worship.
The Kerala man is following Hindu traditions, which promote seeing a god in every molecule around us but worships coronavirus as a goddess.
In his words: “I have established this temple for Goddess Coronavirus in accordance with the constitutional freedom to worship. Goddess Coronavirus is being worshiped here. I dedicate the temple to those health workers, scientists trying to find vaccines, police-fire & rescue officers, other media personnel, journalists and expatriates reporting the information in real-time”.
Mr Muhoortham obeys the social distancing rules, so whoever wants to make an offering to the Goddess Coronavirus via his home temple can do so by courier or post. Or they can just call him to have the prasad delivered.