Bizarre Cultural Rituals
India is a land of Gods. Different people of different religions and culture live together. Many pray gods and then there are many who are so devoted to their prayers that they are ready to cross any extend. This article will take you through some of the most bizarre rituals practiced in India.
Made Snana of South India:
The practice of “Made Snana” at Kukke Subramanya and Udupi Shri Krishna temples in Karnataka, has been at low ebb for some time, thanks to the High Court’s verdict, and the Supreme Court’s stay on the verdict. This crazy ritual is celebrated during the Shashti festival in Subramanya Temple. People roll on the floor around the temple, rolling over banana leaves on which food had been served earlier to the brahmins in a segregated part of the temple.
They have been made to believe that the practice cures skin diseases, and also purifies them of the sins they may have committed. They are meant to fulfill the vows taken at hard times. Well many of us may believe that those people are illiterate and don’t know much about society, but you would be shocked to know that many among them are highly educated and belongs to upper classes. This practice is almost five hundred years old. Due to its strange norms, the practiced is also known as ‘The Cursed Practice of Made Snana’.
Thimithi of Tamil Nadu:
Thimithi is a fire-walking festival that is celebrated in Tamil Nadu, a popular South Indian state of India, strange and scary at the same time. This festival is into the Hindu fold is celebrated a week before Diwali, during the month of Aipasi according to the Tamil calendar. The fire-walking ceremony is in honor of Draupati, who is considered the incarnation of Mariamman and is practiced not only in India but also in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Mauritius, South Africa and other countries where the larger part of Tamilian population resides. The practice is known to be least 2000 years old. Mahabharata is a Hindu story in which ‘Pandavas’ fight ‘Kauravas’ to take vengeance of Draupadi’s insult. However, after the war Draupadi was asked to walk on fire to prove her innocence, while other legend goes by the most popular Agni pariksha undertaken by Sita in Ramayana after Lord Ram rescued her from Lanka. Since then the practice of Thimithi is practiced.
Burying children in the sand of Karnataka:
The strange practice of burring their children in the sand is practice in North Karnataka. People bury their alive disabled children up to the neck so that their illness will be cured. There is a belief that disability in children occurs due to the negative effects of a solar eclipse and this disability will only get cured by exposing them to the sun during a solar eclipse. Men start digging the holes before the sunrise and the children have kept inside it for almost six hours and taken out at 10 am. Children cry during the ritual but that doesn’t seem to bother their parents.