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statue of the village deity and intermitte­ntly beat drums and let out blood-curdling screams. This is to invite the Gods to visit each home and rid them of any evil forces that may be residing inside. The lamp near the deity burns all night in every home.

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Over the years, patrolling by the village head has been done away with, but the villagers still recollect those strict days. Sakharam remembers the year they had forgotten to take a rooster, which for some reason, never crowed. As luck would have it, it crowed just as Rama Thakur was patrolling near the house where it was kept. The bird was immediatel­y killed The writer is an organic farmer in Dahanu, Maharashtr­a.

 ??  ?? The ritual is meant to keep the animals safe too PRASHANT NAKWE
The ritual is meant to keep the animals safe too PRASHANT NAKWE

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