Trampling by Cows
Cow is highly revered in Indian culture. But it is considered so holy in
Ujjain that people here get trampled by cows in order to bring prosperity in
village. This bizarre ritual is being practised by the local folks
of Bhaidwad village from many centuries. The rare event which is
witnessed by a large number of people takes place on the auspicious day
ofEkadashi (a day after Diwali). The esteemed cattle, decorated with
colours and henna are made to run on the streets and men lay on their way
to get literally trampled. Locals claim that no man has ever got hurt during
this ritual of trampling.
Frog Wedding in Maharashtra
If you think that the commencement of Monsoon is entirely an affair of weather, then
you might be wrong in Maharashtra. Here, rain depends on how pleased the Rain Gods
are. And to please them villagers can take help of even strange rituals like marriage of
frogs. Yes, here frog wedding is celebrated nonetheless than the marriage ceremony of a
human couple. With proper rituals and traditional hymns frogs are tied in the eternal
knot. This whole procedure is believed to bring monsoon to the village.
Smashing Coconuts during Aadi Festival
You must have seen the common ritual of smashing coconuts in temples. But
have you ever heard of the ritual of breaking coconut on the human head for the
sake of good luck and health. Yes, whether you call it tradition or superstition,
this bizarre and even risky ritual is done during the Aadi festival in Tamil Nadu.
This unusual event takes place on the 18th day of the Tamil month of Aadi when
thousands of devotees throng to the Mahalakshmi Temple, in the Karur District
and enthusiastically let the priest to break coconuts on their heads. We don’t
know that this is the key of good luck or not but hats off to the guts of these
Walking on Fire – Theemithi Festival in Tamil Nadu
In the Theemithi Festival of Tamil Nadu, Draupadi’s act of
walking over fire is honoured by doing the same. This so-
called purifying act is done by slowly walking on the fire
or glowing charcoals. This whole daring ritual is believed
to make the wish of the devotees true.
Baby Tossing for Good Luck
To attain good luck people can do what not, even baby
tossing. This awful ritual is practiced in Baba Umer
Daragah,near Sholapur in Maharashtra where in the month
of December hundreds of babies are tossed from the
temple roof to the crowd standing underneath. This weird
tradition is believed to bring blessing to married couples
and good fortune to family.
Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu
Not limited to Spain, the custom of bull fighting persists in India
also. In many villages of the state the dangerous tradition is a part
of Pongal celebration. In this act of bull chasing scores of
unarmed men try to get hold of the hump of deliberately infuriated
bull and earn a prize. This unusual sport which took hundreds of
lives over decades was banned by Supreme Court in 2014.
Made Snana of Karnataka
If you want to get rid of any skin disease or wrong deeds then
visit the special temples of Karnataka. It will free you of all
such things. The only act you will have to do is to roll over the
left-over foods. This queer ritual which is hundreds of years old
is practised in specific temples of Karnataka by the lower castes
It may seem odd to some people to socially celebrate the arrival of puberty but in
many states of India it is done with enough pomp and show. In this intriguing
tradition the commencing of puberty of a girl is celebrated nonetheless than a
marriage. The event is attended by all relatives of the girl where she is dressed like
a bride and showered with gifts and blessings. This ceremony is other way of
announcing that the girl is ready to get married.
To Bury the Children up to the Neck
This is an outlandish way of curing disability in Gulbarga of
Karnataka. Here, children suffering with any physical disability
are buried up in the ground to the neck some minutes before solar
eclipse. The children are given this burial treatment till the eclipse
lasts. This unique therapy is believed to cure all the disabilities.