Updated: May 26, 2021 6:48:18 am
Flouting the Coivd-19 lockdown norms Patil along with a group of people was seen pushing a cart containing a burning fire of cow dung cakes, camphor, neem leaves, Guggula (gum resin) and other herbs to perform the homa on the streets of the old city on Tuesday morning.
After performing, the three-time BJP MLA from Belagavi South constituency in North Karnataka said, “I follow Ayurveda stream of medicine. By performing the homa, I hope we can contain the deadly Covid-19 pandemic.”
#Karnataka MLA and BJP leader Abhay Patil led an ‘Agnihotra’ procession in Belagavi on Tuesday, according to him the smoke emitted from the ‘homa’ fire would clear the air and eradicate #COVID19. @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/lKrEUoAFO8
— Darshan Devaiah B P (@DarshanDevaiahB) May 25, 2021
Patil added that at least 50 persons in his constituency had performed the homa in front of their houses.
He vehemently denied that he violated the lockdown protocols.
“Agnihotra homa is a science. You may ask for scientific evidence but homa itself is science for Hindus. Reporters like you will never understand it. So there is no point in discussing with you over matters of faith,” he told reporters and added that the rituals would continue till June 15 in his constituency.
Meanwhile, Belagavi district has reported 17 Covid deaths and 747 fresh Covid-19 cases on Monday taking the total number of positive cases to 57,846 and the district has 17,441 active cases, according to the district administration.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
- The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.