Noted astrologer Kanippayyur Narayanan Namboothiri has admitted that he erred regarding the rains while making his predictions for the year. His 'Vishu predictions' are widely followed and discussed by several sections of the society, including regular social media users.
After Kerala witnessed severe flooding, Kanippayyur was at the receiving end of trolls on the social media.
In his hugely popular video on 'Vishu predictions', the astrologer had failed to make any mention of the calamity. In his explanation, Kanippayyur said that this was the first such instance in his career extending to 38 years. "Astrology is a science that never goes wrong. It is I who made a mistake; human beings are prone to error. The campaign that astrology is wrong is misleading. But this is not the time to explain the scientific aspects. Just consider it as my lapse, " he said.
Kanippayyur's 'Vishu predictions' claimed that the state would witness very heavy rainfall from June 25 to July 4. The July 17 to August 1 period would have scanty rainfall. From August 1 to 17, there would be moderate showers, Kanippayyur had said. "The forests in the hilly areas will receive less rainfall than last year. The ministers should take note of this and adopt suitable measures to ensure steady generation and distribution of electricity," advised Kanippayyur in his predictions for 2018.