May 26, 2021: Karnataka BJP MLA Abhay Patil conducted small havans or ’Agnihotra homa’ procession across his constituency Belgaum South on Tuesday in a bid to ward off the evil effects of the novel coronavirus.
"In the Hindu culture, we can cleanse the environment by performing havan. It has also been proven. In Belgaum South, women and youth are performing havan in front of their homes. It is taking place at 50 places. Ghee, coconut and rice are being used," Belgaum South MLA Abhay Patil said.
Abhay Patil carried out the ’Agnihotra homa’ procession along with several other people who were seen flouting social distancing norms. A video of the event went viral on social media wherein some people can be seen wearing masks and face shields, but flouting social distancing protocol.
#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
The cart with the burning fire of cow dung cakes, camphor and other "samagri" was then pushed across the Belgaum streets so that fumes emitted from it could eradicate coronavirus responsible for Covid-19 disease.
Earlier in May, BJP’s Jammu and Kashmir vice-president Yudhvir Sethi had performed a ’havan’ to "ward off" the coronavirus, news agency PTI quoted a party spokesman as saying.
Sethi said he has full faith that the ’havan’ will help eliminate the disease, which has infected over 2,40,000 people and claimed more than 3,000 lives in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
He, however, said the guidelines issued by the government to contain the coronavirus should be followed strictly as there is no alternative to them.
Also, Madhya Pradesh Culture Minister Usha Thakur had said earlier ’yagya’ is an ancient method of purifying the environment and claimed such a practice is being followed since ages to get rid of pandemics.
Karnataka has a total of 24,72,973 positive Covid-19 cases as of now and has so far reported 26,399 deaths due to the infection.