Ranchi, May 4: Tribal farmers lie with stick on hot summer day as they pray for rain during the holy procession of ‘Manda’ on the outskirts of Ranchi on Monday.
The festival, known locally as Manda, includes various rituals believed to bring blessings of the Hindu God Lord Shiva.
The reason for this festival is to appease the sun and pray for rain during the hot and dry month.
During this festival, processions are brought out from the premises of the temple of Hindu God Lord Shiva and taken to other villages.
Hundreds of tribal’s participate in annual festival for good farming, prosperity and good health.
In tribal society there is belief that Lord Shiva fulfills the desire of those people participate in the Manda festival.