Gandhinagar: The Vijay Rupani government in Gujarat has decided to appease the rain-gods with 41 Parjanya Yagnas across 33 districts for a good monsoon this year. This sacrificial ritual will be held on May 31 at eight major cities of the state. Gujarat is an arid state that has faced drought in the past.

All district collectors have been directed to organize yagnas in their areas on May 31 during the culmination of Gujarat government's month-long drive ‘Sujlam Suflam Jal Abhiyaan’. For the yagnas, special ‘kalash’ from Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, will be brought and distribute it on large scale and motivate villagers and city dwellers to join the yagnas, reported English-language daily Times of India.

In the state government’s month-long water conservation drive Sujalam Sufalam Jal Abhiyan, the administration took up works to clean, deepen and desilt rivers, lakes, ponds and other water reservoirs across the state before the monsoon sets in. The decision of this yagna was announced by the deputy chief minister of the state Nitin Patel on Wednesday. Dy CM Patel, CM Vijay Rupani and other ministers along with top government officials will take part in the yagna, which will be then followed by a public meeting.

While it is not news to ears about governments turning to heavens for issues plaguing the citizens, sometime back a bizarre incident was reported in the news where a 9-day yagna was held in Meerut in March this year, in which 500 quintals of mango-wood was burnt in the sacrificial fire to reduce pollution.

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