Frogs get married to appease rain god in southern India

Two frogs were married today (June 8) in a bizarre ceremony in southern India which was designed to appease the rain god.

Residents of Udupi in the state of Karnataka decided wedding two of the amphibians might end a drought which has hit the coastal area in recent months.

They caught a pair of frogs from different villages, dressed them in garlands and wed them in a ceremony which closely followed Hindu tradition with hundreds of wedding guests looking on.

Despite the forced nature of the marriage, the frogs appeared calm throughout the nuptials and were later sent on honeymoon to the city of Manipal.

According to organisers, the newlyweds will later be set free to enjoy their life of wedded bliss.

In the Hindu religion, Indra is the god of the heavens, lightning, thunder, storms and rain.