It is believed that the wedding caused the whole state in India to suffer for the damage resulting from natural disasters.
On 19 July 2019, the people of Bhopal, India had to organize a wedding for a frog wedding (following a religious ritual) to ask the god of rain Lord Indra to end a long-lasting drought in Madhya Pradesh state.
However, after two months into the marriage, the people’s expectations backfired when lands across India had to suffer from the biggest rains in 13 years, leading to devastating floods.
Reportedly, there were over 9,000 damaged houses and 32 wounded residents in Madhya Pradesh state alone.
In fear that the situation became worse, on the night of September 11, the Bhopal government rushed to complete divorce documents for the frog couple. The divorce rituals of the unlucky family took place quickly at a temple in Bhopal with the attendance of the authorities and common people. The two frogs parted ways right after the ritual finished.
Frog weddings are common activities organized across India. Many believe this special type of wedding brings along rains. There used to be 2 frogs in Udupi getting married in a ritual called “Mandooka Parinaya” to please the gods.
India is not the only country that shares a great love for frogs. Switzerland is also known for its frog museum where visitors can behold displays of 108 frog toys.
These frogs are made and put in place to describe the daily life of people in the 19th century. Visitors have a hard time holding their laughter from the frogs with piles of documents, eating pasta at noon, playing billiards and domino, and studying in a class where the teacher and students are all frogs.
The museum is located in the Estavayer-le-Lac village. All 108 frogs were designed and finished by Francois Perrier. Check out the photos of the frogs’ activities through the lens of photographer Denis Balibouse: