Thousands of people in Hyderabad took part in the traditional ‘Fish Prasadam’ event on Friday after a three-year break due to the pandemic. The event has been running for 175 years and is believed to offer relief from asthma and respiratory issues. The remedy involves swallowing live fish coated with yellow herbal paste, without water. The Bathini Goud family provides the treatment free of charge and collects snakehead murrel fish from ponds in Telangana for the prasadam. They estimate that around 5 quintals of fish will be distributed among 200,000 people during the two-day event.
People from different parts of the country attended the event, with some hoping the remedy would cure their genetic asthma problems. The Telangana State government made arrangements for the smooth running of the event.