While some rituals of course hold some scientific meanings but scores of customary practises or beliefs exist as a result of long term following by a significantly big group of people. Rituals such as baby dropping, Kesh lochan or Gajan have little or zero scientific significance but lakhs of people practise them in different party of the country.


We are listing here few shocking  rituals observe across India:


Baby Dropping

One of the most horrifying and shocking rituals in India is baby dropping  performed at Baba Umer Dargah near Sholapur, Maharashtra, and Sri Santeswar temple near Indi, Karnataka. This ritual has been prevalent for about 700 years. To be blessed with children, people partake in this ritual, where an infant, two years or even less, is dropped from a tower of about 50 feet, with crowds standing at the foot of the tower to catch the baby. It is believed to bring good luck to the child being thrown down, too!



Exorcism by Marriage

Some women are said to have “mangal dosh” and such a women are said to endanger the life of her husband. To exorcise her, the shocking ritual in India is to get the woman married to a tree. Another way to exorcise a 'mangalik' woman to get her married to an animal instead of a tree.



The Aghori Sadhus and Cannibalism

The Aghoris are members of a Hindu sect who worship Lord Shiva. They engage in a variety of sexual practices, drink alcohol, take drugs, and eat meat (raw and cooked both). There is no taboo in their lives. They also consider crematoriums as their temples and bring unclaimed dead bodies for meditation.



Gajan Festival

Gajan  is a Hindu  festival celebrated in West Bengal. It is associated with lord Shiva or Mahadev. Gajan spans around a week, starting at the last week of Choitro that continues till the end of the Bengali year. During this Gajan festival persons of any gender perform several unusual activities to please the Lord. Male devotees take woman look and perform dance door to door. And on the last day of the festival they take physical pain by piercing metal rods in their body and tongue.




Children buried up to neck to cure disabilities

In North Karnataka, there is a tradition of burying children up to the neck to cure their physical disabilities. This ritual is practiced mostly solar eclipse. Before sunrise pits are dig sufficiently deep so that the neck of a child can just come out.



Food Rolling

In southern Karnataka, the tradition is of the Shudras (lower castes), who roll over banana leaves spread on the ground. These leaves are actually the left over leaves with food by Brahmins after they have finished their meal.


 The ritual is believed to cure skin diseases.

Frog Marriage

To please the god for the rain shower, people in various part of the country carry out the marriages of frogs. They believe that by marrying frogs, Indra Dev will come and so will the monsoons.



Fire Walking or Timiti

This ritual is popular in Tamil Nadu wherein people walk over fire. Every year in month of October and November it practices. The origin of this tradition dates back to centuries during the time of Mahabharat , where Draupadi walked over a bed of fire to prove her purity and she came as fresh as a flower.



Garudan Thookkam

Also known as ‘Eagle Hanging’ is a ritual  performed in Kali temples of south Kerala. People dress up as eagles and perform dance. After dancing, they hang themselves from a shaft hooking their skin on  back.


Varuna Yajna

If monsoons are delayed, priests sit inside barrels containing water as they perform special prayers in order to please Varun Dev.