Mangaluru: With all options exhausted and the mercury levels rising in the city, MLA JR Lobo choose to look up to the heavenly provider for the blessing of monsoon by offering prayers at the Mangaladevi temple, Bishop’s House and Jamia Masjid at Kudroli here, on May 5.

With the water levels alarmingly low, the city administration is trying out every possible means to come up with a solution. Industries are barred from lifting water, new bore wells are being drilled, drinking water is being supplied by water tankers, water is being lifted from private wells. Though it has rained in certain parts of the state, the city is yet to witness its first rainfall of the year.

Speaking on this occasion, Lobo said, “There is acute shortage of water in the region. People are suffering and the cattle dying. We are eagerly waiting for the monsoon to arrive which will bring much-awaited relief. Almighty will surely accept our prayers today and soon bless us with abundant rain.”

Lobo first offered prayer at 8:30am in the Mangaladevi Temple for the rain, later there was a prayer service held at the Bishop’s house Chapel. After the prayer service at Bishop’s house, there was another prayer service held at the Jamia Masjid at Kudroli.

People from all religions forgetting caste, creed and colour prayed to God in a temple, mosque, and church, to bless them with abundant rain.

Bishop Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Rosario Parish Priest Fr J B Crasta, Msgr Denis Moras Prabhu, K S Mohammed Masood and other congress leaders were also present.

Courtesy : Mangalorean