Bathini Harinath Goud, a prominent figure known for administering the renowned ‘fish prasadam’ to asthma patients in Hyderabad, has passed away at the age of 84. Goud’s family has been providing this traditional treatment to patients for over a century. His demise occurred at his residence in Hyderabad, following a period of declining health. He leaves behind his wife, two sons, and two daughters.
The funeral of Bathini Harinath Goud is scheduled to take place on Friday, where his loved ones and well-wishers will bid their final farewell. Political figures including Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya and Telangana Congress president and MP A Revanth Reddy have expressed their condolences over his passing.
The ‘fish prasadam,’ consisting of murrel fish and herbal paste, has been administered free of cost by the Bathini family on the auspicious day of ‘Mrigasira Karthi’ for over a century. The tradition has been passed down through generations, originating from the teachings of a revered sage.
While the medicinal effectiveness of the ‘fish prasadam’ has sparked debate among scientists, rationalists, and skeptics, the annual event continues to draw thousands of individuals seeking its potential benefits. This year’s event took place on June 9 after a three-year hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bathini Harinath Goud’s contributions to the health and well-being of many through the ‘fish prasadam’ tradition are remembered with respect and gratitude by the community.