Wednesday, 5 October, 2022
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Devotee chops off tongue to appease goddess

PRAYAGRAJ: In a bizarre incident, a 38-year-old man at Kada Dham temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Kaushambi chopped off his tongue and offered it to the goddess on Saturday, report agencies. Devotees, who found the man bleeding profusely, raised an alarm and cops got him admitted at government hospital in Manjhanpur. His condition is stated to be stable.

Station House Officer of Kada Dham Abhilash Tiwari said, “A Purav Sarira resident couple identified as Sampat Saroj and Ban Pati, arrived at Maa Sheetla Dham temple to offer prayers.”       “The couple first took holy dip in Ganga and then offered prayers and performed parikrama. In the meantime, Sampat while performing last parikrama of the temple, took out a blade and slashed his tongue before the goddess. The act of the man left other devotees as well as his wife stunned who raised an alarm,“ he added.

Our officers posted at the temple rushed him to the hospital with the help of other devotees, Tiwari said.

The wife told police her husband sacrificed his tongue to appease a goddess but could not further explain why, he further said.

At least two similar incidents were reported in two Indian states last year when two men in their 20s chopped off their tongues and offered them to the gods.

In 2020, a Hindu priest decapitated a local farmer and offered the head as a sacrifice, claiming he had dreamt that a deity told him to do so.