The traditions get torturing sometimes and leave us agape with never-ending questions. From all those never-ending questions, some can be answered and some can’t.
Some of the customs and traditions followed in India are so weird that they shudder us to the bottom of our hearts. Come let’s have a look at these unusual rituals followed in the country.
1. Where: Karnataka
The child is buried in the sand up to the neck for six hours to relieve him from the physical and mental illness.
2. Where: Mahalakshmi Temple, Tamil Nadu
The priests smash coconuts on the heads of the devotees. The reason behind this is the belief that it will bring good luck and health to the devotee.
3. Where: Mahalakshmi Temple, Tamil Nadu
Devotees hang themselves from a shaft, by hooking from the back, i.e. the hooks are pierced through their skin of the back. The hanging fans are then carried out around the city in a procession
4. Where: Madhya Pradesh
Tradition: Cattle Trampling
This is a tradition where villagers lay down and allow the cows to walk over them. The cows are painted with colour, decorated with flowers, and henna before carrying out this custom.
5. Where: Assam, Karnataka, Maharashtra
Tradition: Animal Weddings
This picture is from a marriage of the frogs. The same is carried out with the donkeys and dogs as well. Where it is believed that such weddings will bring good rainfall the village. These marriages are arranged according to the Hindu rituals.
6. Where: Banaras
The Aghori sadhus in Banaras find purity in the ugly. They do intercourse with a corpse and eat human remains; finding it to be a way of connecting to God.
7. Where: Karnataka
It is a very weird one, where people from a low-class roll over the food leftovers by the high-class. It is believed that this custom will swipe away all the ailments from their life.
8. Where: Tamil Nadu
There is a walk of over a burning bed of coal and the steps have to be taken slowly. This tradition is done in the commemoration of Draupadi, the wife of the Pandavas. It is believed that this will bring blessings to her.
9. Where: Andhra Pradesh
The devotees beat each other with sticks on their heads. This is carried out on Dussehra every year in Devaragattu temple in Andhra Pradesh to recall the killing of the demon by Shiva.