A priest performs a prayer ritual in front of an idol known locally as ‘Corona Devi’, believed to safeguard people from the coronavirus, at Kamatchipuri Adhinam Temple in Coimbatore. Photo: AFP A priest performs a prayer ritual in front of an idol known locally as ‘Corona Devi’, believed to safeguard people from the coronavirus, at Kamatchipuri Adhinam Temple in Coimbatore. Photo: AFP
A priest performs a prayer ritual in front of an idol known locally as ‘Corona Devi’, believed to safeguard people from the coronavirus, at Kamatchipuri Adhinam Temple in Coimbatore. Photo: AFP

‘She’s an angry goddess’: India’s coronavirus deities, ‘disease-curing’ shrines offer hope to desperate devotees

  • A long entrenched tradition of turning to faith in calamitous times has seen Indians flock to shrines and temples as the pandemic rages on
  • The country’s chronically underfunded health system is part of the reason, though such practices have a long history – and not everyone believes

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
A priest performs a prayer ritual in front of an idol known locally as ‘Corona Devi’, believed to safeguard people from the coronavirus, at Kamatchipuri Adhinam Temple in Coimbatore. Photo: AFP A priest performs a prayer ritual in front of an idol known locally as ‘Corona Devi’, believed to safeguard people from the coronavirus, at Kamatchipuri Adhinam Temple in Coimbatore. Photo: AFP
A priest performs a prayer ritual in front of an idol known locally as ‘Corona Devi’, believed to safeguard people from the coronavirus, at Kamatchipuri Adhinam Temple in Coimbatore. Photo: AFP
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