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Dhamtari’s Ritual: Do such rituals need to be continued in 2020?

A traditional fair in Chattisgarh’s Dhamtari district was caught with an unsound ritual, where around 200 married women longing for conception were lying on their stomachs allowing tribal priests to walk over them in order to be blessed with a child.

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India is a country which is well known for its illogical and unscientific rituals but among all these rituals, there is one ritual that carries out in Chattisgarh’s Dhamtari district in the annual congregation (first Friday after every Diwali), where thousands of devotees come and offer their prayers to the local goddess Angaarmoti till here everything is acceptable but what about the ridiculous ritual that can be easily tagged as nonsensical.

Dhamtari's Ritual: Do such rituals need to be continued in 2020?
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A traditional fair in Chattisgarh’s Dhamtari district was caught with an unsound ritual, where around 200 married women longing for conception were lying on their stomachs allowing tribal priests and witchdoctors to walk on their backs while chanting mantras and holding flags to enter the temple and “bless’’ childless with a child. Videos of the incident have since gone viral on social media.

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The local officials said that this ritual had been performing over 500 years and people seemed to have might in the tradition and they even claimed that women had conceived after attending the ritual.

Kiranmayee Nayak, the chairperson of the Chhattisgarh state commission, told Times of India that she would not endorse such rituals. She also added that the practice may prove harmful and cause damage to the women’s backs. She also asserted that she would visit the village to educate the villagers, especially women, about the uncertainty of such rituals and we will also ensure that their religious sentiments shouldn’t be harm.

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Another aspect which was sighted in this fair was that the people were seen putting their and others well being at stake i.e; few attendees were wearing a mask and obeying the common rule of social distancing. Indeed, a bizarre view but not surprising, accounting for the things that are happing around us.

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