Indian traditions continue to baffle us every now and then. With its lakhs of deities and even more rituals to pray, stories of devotees’beliefs sometimes turn bizarre. A similar one being getting snake bites at a religious festival in Rajasthan.
The strange story of belief is carried on in Veer Teja temple of Rajasthan. The temple named after a legendary folk hero witnesses hordes of devotees lining up to pray to Lord Shiva as they consider Teja to be one of his eleven incarnations. Ans keeping up with Hindu mythology, snakes are Shiva’s companion. Hence people come here and voluntarily get themselves bitten. They believe this will get your diseases cured.
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“This festival is celebrated since ancient times. Huge crowd gather to mark the festival of Tejaji. People come from far off lands and locals in huge numbers gather here to be a part of the festivities. During the festival, devotees receive snake bites, but nothing happens to the person,” said Lakshmi one of the devotee.
As the whole crowd gathered celebrates with drum rolls and instruments, snakes are handled around for anybody who wants to receive the ‘blessing’. The entire district gathers to celebrate and witness this festival. People travel as much as 300 kilometers to be a part of this extravaganza. They strongly believe this ways by praying to serpents helps in attaining salvation.