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In Andhra, Muslims and Hindus pray for rain

July 23, 2008
With most of Andhra Pradesh reeling under a dry spell, Hindus and Muslims in the state are seeking divine intervention through special prayers.

On Sunday thousands of Muslims offered special prayers or "Namaz-e-Istisqa". On Wednesday, Hindus participated in a special Yagnam. The Tirumala Tirupati Devsthanam, the state run managing committee of the Tirumala temple, organised a Ashtottara Shata Kundatmaka Maha Varuna Yagam involving 432 priests.

Text: Mohammed Siddique in Hyderabad | Photographs: Snaps India

Image: 432 priests were involved in the Yagam to appease the rain gods.

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