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Karnataka: BJP MLA Takes Out 'Agnihotra Procession' to Fight Covid-19

'Agnihotra Procession'

'Agnihotra Procession'

The MLA, Abhay Patil, accompanied by several followers, dragged a push cart with smoldering cowdung cakes, neem, camphor

Amid a lockdown to check coronavirus spread in Karnataka, a BJP MLA has taken out an ‘Agnihotra procession’ here, claiming that smoke emitted from the ritual fire would ward off COVID-19. The MLA, Abhay Patil, accompanied by several followers, dragged a push cart with smoldering cowdung cakes, neem, camphor and other herbs which forms ‘Agnihotra’ on Tuesday.

The lockdown and COVID-19 protocols were allegedly flouted and police too reportedly did not interrupt the procession taken out with a purpose to defeat the pandemic. Speaking to reporters later, Patil said the Agnihotra procession was a reminder of the ancient medicinal practices of India.

He added that he would continue performing the ritual till June 15.

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first published:May 26, 2021, 21:16 IST