Two Shiva devotees charred after jumping into ritual fireFebruary 25th, 2009 - 12:48 pm ICT by IANS
Hyderabad, Feb 25 (IANS) Blinded by belief, two devotees of Lord Shiva in an Andhra Pradesh village were charred to death when they jumped into a fire on the night of Shivratri in the hope that the deity would appear before them.
The incident took place in the remote tribal hamlet of Shivnoor in Adilabad district, about 350 km from here, on Shivratri night Monday when devotees remain awake to appease the Hindu god.
Ada Sitaram, 27, and Jengle Devidas, 25, immolated themselves on the last day of their 41-day “Shiva deeksha” (ritual of initiation) in a temple, police said. They had spent 40 nights at the temple.
Their charred remains were found Tuesday by Devidas’ younger brother Vishnu, who went to the temple looking for them.
Villagers told police that the duo lit the fire as part of the rituals and jumped into it while chanting “Om Namah Sivaya”.
Family members said they had spoken about their wish to have a visitation from Lord Shiva, police said.
The two had been performing the ritual for the last five years.
- One lakh devotees worship god Shiva in Bangalore - Feb 20, 2012
- One lakh devotees at Odisha's Lingaraj temple - Feb 20, 2012
- India celebrates Mahashivratri with fasting and prayers (Roundup) - Mar 02, 2011
- Lucknow celebrates Mahashivratri with fervour - Mar 02, 2011
- Devotees throng Orissa temples on Shivratri - Mar 02, 2011
- Fasting, prayers mark Mahashivratri in Delhi - Mar 02, 2011
- Ganesh festival begins in Mumbai (Lead) - Sep 19, 2012
- Seventy injured in annual bloody sport in Andhra - Oct 07, 2011
- Delhi celebrates Maha Shivaratri with offerings, fasts and prayers - Feb 20, 2012
- Devotees throng Shiva temples, celebrate 'Shravan' - Jul 16, 2011
- Devotees jump on bed of thorns to please Lord Shiva - Oct 31, 2009
- Delhi celebrates Mahashivratri with fasting and prayers - Feb 12, 2010
- Hindus celebrate Maha Shivratri - Mar 02, 2011
- Nepal celebrates Mahashivaratri festival - Feb 20, 2012
- Thousands throng Lingaraj temple on Mahashivratri - Feb 12, 2010