Being an Indian – born and stayed here for the whole of my life – sometimes whenever i read bizzare news in the newspapers, makes me re-think am i still in this country with bizzare unbelievable cranky culture stuff…
For children born in Indi town of Bijapur district , it is a baptism of sorts, and one they cannot escape: they are thrown from a temple top by the priest.
This ritual is a thanksgiving by the parents, who make a promise to the presiding deity of the temple that their child will be thrown down in a show of faith, in exchange for the fulfilment of a wish. Most believe this fall makes the kids strong and brave, and so, its now a rite of passage. Indi was witness to this annual ritual on Wednesday: more than 250 kids aged 1-3 years were thrown from the temple roof during the festival of Indi towns deity Shri Shanteshwar. At the top of the temple is a specially designed platform, where one of the parents hands the child over to the priest. This man, after a whole-hearted prayer to the deity, throws the child down. It is a clear 20 ft to the ground. Below are four strong-armed persons holding a kambali (thick rug) in their hands. They catch the kids who drop down, and despite the distance , nothing happens to the little ones, though some do wail in fear.
How? What? Whoa..!!?? No words to express my shock…