In a strange ritual, doctors in Nagpur invoked the Gods by performing a fire prayer for the good health and longevity of the people.
"All the doctors sitting here are praying that their patients be blessed with good health and over all everyone is blessed with good health. Although it's a religious event but behind this event there is a social event," said Avinash Singhvi, organiser of the event.
Doctors said the fire ritual was nothing but a manifestation of the Hippocratic oath that they took the day they had stepped into the profession, whereby they had sworn by God's name and in the witness of all Gods and Goddesses to work for the good health and cause of all humanity.
"All the doctors perform the treatment but behind the hand of the god is omnipresent and every one believes in this statement. This is the reason why this ritual is being performed," said Shailesh Upadhay, a medical consultant.
They also felt that there was nothing wrong in performing the 'pooja' (Hindu ritual) as science and spirituality have for long been related, - 'when science fails, spirituality comes into play.'