In line for a bountiful year

PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Indian farmers lying outside Shiva Temple in Ranchi in the Indian state of Jharkhand on Wednesday, as they wait for blessings from the temple's main priest during the Manda festival. Many tribal farmers take part in the ritual as they believe Hindu god Shiva will bestow upon them a good harvest and good health.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 13, 2017, with the headline 'In line for a bountiful year'. Print Edition | Subscribe