Kids tossed from 20 ft in Maharashtra temple for better health

November 14th, 2007 - 2:40 am ICT by admin  
The Mamma Devi Goddess Temple in Jalna town of Aurangabad District has been witnessing the tradition of child hurling for decades.

Devotees pray for their wishes, and once their prayers are fulfilled, they express their gratitude to the God by hurling their children from a height of 20 feet.

The ritual is carried out by the temple priest, who throws the child from a height to land safely in the hands of devotees waiting below tightly holding a cloth.

“If any child is not keeping well, down with fever, or some couple are not blessed with children then they ask the goddess to fulfil their wish. When their wishes are fulfilled, then the child is hurled,” said Jai Singh Pardesi, the temple priest.

Normally a child from the age of two months to four years is hurled. Childless couples top the list of devotees, apart from others wishing good health to their children.

“We were not blessed with a child for two years. We had pledged before the goddess that if we are blessed with a child then we would hurl the child. So after the child was born, this year we are keeping our promise,” said Ravi Kumar, a father.

Devotees and priest claim that no child has ever been hurt in the process.

Devotees throng the temple round the year, but nine days of Navratri hold a special place in the heart of followers. (ANI)

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