Indian villagers built a shrine in honour of “goddess corona”, offering her prayers in the hope that divine intervention can eradicate the deadly coronavirus.
Devotees in Shuklapur village, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, have been offering prayers, holy water, and flowers at the bright yellow shrine where they have placed their idol of "Corona Mata", since they erected it earlier this week.
"Maybe with her blessings the villagers, our village, and everyone else get some relief," one villager, who gave her name as Sangeeta, said while speaking to Reuters.
India's Covid-19 surge shook the world as the producer of Astrazeneca vaccine has been hit really bad. There are signs that indicate the worst could is not yet here.
Authorities reported 84,332 new cases on Saturday, the lowest daily tally in more than two months, health ministry data showed. COVID-19 has killed 367,081 people in India, according to government data.
The Shuklapur villagers have continued to pray, but there are some cases in the district still - but the numbers are also sharply lower than they were at the height of the pandemic. Probably, corona goddess can listen to their prayers in a society that still explain phenomenon through metaphysical understanding.
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