Bizarre rituals are nothing new in India. Many communities, clans, and beliefs have established themselves in the nation. These groups, as well as their customs and rites, have mingled over the years, resulting in a variety of strange concoctions. Some people have invented their own rituals and festivities out of nowhere, and some traditions have remained unchanged for millennia. As a result, the country today boasts a lot of truly weird traditions that you wouldn’t find anyplace else.
Here are 5 most shocking rituals that take place in India
1. Nag Panchami
Nag Panchami is a more well-known festival in which the ceremonies are centred on worshipping snakes. Most sections of the country celebrate the occasion, which includes the traditional fasting and rituals. In certain regions, though, worshippers offer milk to snakes and even rats. Temple priests toss fresh flowers and other important religious objects on the snakes as part of the rites.
2. Tossing or dropping a baby
Parents hurl their newborns from a height onto a cloth held by locals during this contentious celebration in Solapur, Maharashtra. Although it is no longer limited to a single denomination, the process is frequently conducted by parents who have worshipped at the Baba Umer Dargah during their pregnancy. Muslims and Hindus alike participate in the ritual.
3. Play with none other than a tiger.
Puli Kali, which is mostly performed in Kerala’s Thrissur district, is a vibrant and energetic show. Puli Kali, a performance by professional artists, is held on the fourth day of Onam. Performers dressed in yellow, red, and black walk to the streets to dance to folk music beats. Huge numbers of people assemble every year to witness this amazing experience.
4. Walking on Fire
Theemithi originated in Tamil Nadu and has since expanded to Sri Lanka, Singapore, and South Africa. Draupadi, the Pandavas’ wife, is honoured during the Theemithi festival. Draupadi went across a bed of fire after the Battle of Kurukshetra and arose as beautiful as a flower. Theemithi is a re-enactment of the very same, and is said to fulfil a goddess’s desire or favour.
5. Rolling over scraps of food
A weird centuries-old custom known as Madey Snana or Spit Bath exists at the Kukke Subramanya Shrine. People who were from lower caste had to roll over the leftover food by Brahmin on banana leaves as it was said to cure their diseases. This practise was outlawed in 2010, but after objections from the Malekudiya clan, it was reinstated in 2011.