A special puja was performed at the Durga Parameshwari temple and the Shaneshwara temple in Karnataka's Rangana Halli village to save people from coronavirus.
Yashwanth Shastri, a priest, said: "We performed this special puja on Friday to save the world from virus and diseases like corona and H1N1."
"Our ancestors used to perform a special puja for the betterment of society and save the world from viruses when they attacked," he said.
Coronavirus originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year and has since spread to various cities around the world.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak as a global health crisis.