Amidst the surging cases of COVID 19 virus in state Tamil nadu, people at the outskirts of Coimbatore district came up with a temple for the deadly virus to get protection from it. The district already has a “Plague Mariamman Temple”, dedicated by the faithful to the deity Amman seeking her protection when the plague struck the district about 150 years ago. In the same temple, an idol named “Corona devi” has been mounted and the pictures of their goddess are doing rounds in social media platforms.
The 'Corona Devi' temple has been built in Coimbatore, India, and the priests await for Dakshina. Business start!— Mission Ambedkar (@MissionAmbedkar) May 21, 2021
Sources said that daily prayers are taking place in the temple, seeking blessings from the 1.5 tall black stone idol to save people from the deadly virus. The prayers will take place for 48 continuous days, said the reports. It has been reported that only priests and mutt officials are allowed inside the “Corona Devi” temple in the view of the pandemic. The public are strictly not allowed to visit “Corona Devi”, said the mutt officials. A Mahayagam or a special yajna is expected to be organised in the last day of the prayers.
“Following the footsteps of our ancestors, we have installed an idol for “Corona Devi”, because we believe God will help the hapless. We will be conducting special prayers for 48 days and only adhinam staff will be allowed to participate in the prayers” said Sri Sivalingeshwara Swamigal. “Devotees would be allowed to visit only after the special prayers.” he added and requested them to pray from their homes.
As soon as the news surfaced in media, pictures of “Corona Devi” went viral in social media platforms with various kind of reactions. Check out some of them below :
One more to the list of India's 330 million Gods & Goddesses. A New Temple for the New Goddess: 'Corona Devi' pic.twitter.com/6ZJcncYnK2— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) May 22, 2021
Coimbator temple Consecrates "Corona Devi " IDOL to protect people From pandemic . What aa Level of superstitious beliefs in India.😊 pic.twitter.com/Xg4zEnM6az— AYUSH TIWARI (YUVA) (@AYUSHTIWARIYUV1) May 20, 2021
Meanwhile, a number of social media users seemed to have sent the pictures of “Corona Devi” to actress cum television personality Vanitha Vijayakumar for unknown reasons. One of a twitter user tagged her official twitter handle and said that the “idol” looks like Vanitha Vijayakumar.
Reacting to this tweet, Vanitha replied wondering why people are keep sending memes and pictures based on it. “Omg whats this everyone has been sending me this pic and memes” her reply read.
Omg whats this everyone has been sending me this pic and memes https://t.co/AOTB0WSBBN— Vanitha Vijaykumar (@vanithavijayku1) May 21, 2021