Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Man walks on burning coal to prove innocence

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"Agni Pariksha", (test of fire) in Hindu mythology was practiced by " Sita", wife of "Lord Rama", when she came back after being abducted by demon king 'Ravana". But that was in historical ancient times. Here is a story of a tribal man who in a bid to prove his innocence after being accused of killing a goat, walked on blazing coal in a village in Rajasthan.

Hundreds of people witnessed the 'trial by fire' of Narsaram Garasiya of Gaonfali village in Upla Khejda panchayat of Sirohi district, in Rajasthan state of India.
Garasiya was accused of killing a neighbor's goat with a stone on April 11. The panchayat ( local body), which failed to arrive at a decision, asked him to walk on burning coals to prove his innocence.

The superstition is that the act - known as 'agni pariksha' (test of fire) and practiced in ancient times - will leave a person unscathed if innocent or lead to burn injuries.

Garasiya first took a bath and wore new clothes as logs were burnt for him to tread on. He walked over the fire thrice and, surprisingly, sustained no injuries.

The panchayat later set him free and fined the accuser for 'false allegations', ordering him to pay up a sum of money and an ox as compensation.


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