Skyrocketing food prices have a new victim in India: Hindu deities. Supplicants offer milk and other food at temples where they pray, but with the cost of staples soaring, many are unable even to feed themselves, the Washington Post reports. "If poor people don't even have enough for bread, how will they donate milk to the gods?" asks a priest.
The head priest at a New Delhi temple says donations of milk used to bathe statues of gods have been halved with the price of milk up 11% in the past year "We had to stop eating lunch," says one man who came to the capital looking to improve his lot. "And we had to completely stop drinking milk."