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Crows on hire to help devout Hindus worship ancestors

Hindus worship their ancestors annually in a 16-day period called Pitru Paksha, which ended on September 19.

Staf correspondent, NewsCrunch

An enterprising man rented a crow in Nashik, Maharashtra, to help devout Hindus perform ancestor worship.

The crow he handled took a bite from the offerings made by his customers. For each bite of the crow he charged Rs 10.

Hindus worship their ancestors annually in a 16-day period called Pitru Paksha, which ended on September 19.

They offer prayers and perform rituals to ensure their ancestors find peace in heaven.

A key element of the ritual is cooking a multi-course meal and offering it to crows, which are considered links to the departed souls.

But the expansion of cities have destroyed the habitat of these birds making them a rarity. So, during this period many struggle to find crows to accept the ritual offering, creating a novel business opportunity.

While it was known that crows were being offered for hire in this period, the practice was documented for the first time this year.  

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