Agartala: At a time when the former West Tripura district magistrate’s (DM) action in two marriage halls has pushed many couples from getting married, tea garden workers in Tripura’s Durgabari Tea Estate on Wednesday married off two frogs in a bid to “please the god of rain”.
Following old rituals, the tea garden workers took the two frogs, which were said to be male and female partners, for bath in the pond. They then dressed them with new handmade clothes, and applied vermilion (sindoor). The frogs were also made to exchange garlands with each other.
Speaking with reporters, Sabitri Dhar, a local resident, said that they arrange ‘Banger Biye’ to please Indra, the god of rain, so that rainfall takes place in the state to save their tea gardens from drought.
Similarly, the ritual is organised in other parts of India where two frogs are married off to please the god of rain.
Another villager said that she has been roaming around the tea garden for the last seven days so that the god of rain is pleased.