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Priests seek divine help as heat wave grips India

Priests performed a special puja hoping for a rain shower.

Priests performed a special puja hoping for a rain shower as many parts of India including, Mumbai and New Delhi, continue to reel under severe heat wave. (Source: Express photo by Pradeep Kocharekar)

Priests sit inside water barrels as they perform special prayers in order to appease Varun, the Hindu rain god, in a temple in Mumbai. (Source: Express photo by Pradeep Kocharekar)

Priests from Sri Sankara Mattham, Matunga pray to rain god Varuna. (Source: Express photo by Pradeep Kocharekar)

A priest gets inside a barrel to join his colleague in the puja (Source: Express photo by Pradeep Kocharekar)

A priestess chants a mantra submerged in water during the puja. (Source: Express photo by Pradeep Kocharekar)

Later they also performed Varuna Yagnam reciting 10,000 times Varuna Gayatri mantra. (Source: Express photo by Pradeep Kocharekar)