During the a festival in India, worshipers performed many horrifying acts, including the ‘eye-popping rituals that freaked many tourists out.
At the Urs festival in Rajasthan (India), many worshipers performed a series of shocking self-propelled acts. It is worth noting that there was a ritual using knives and swords to make the pupils stick out of the eye sockets.
“Eye-popping” is one of the most dangerous rituals performed by the procession at the temple of the saint Sufi Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. Sufi, a missionary and philosopher, died in the 13th century and this year is the 808th festival to commemorate the anniversary of the death of saints.
This is an annual festival held in the 7th month of the lunar calendar of Muslims. During the festival, people organize singing and dancing happily. Believers were provided with food, flowers and prayed at the Sufi tomb.
However, the special point is that during the reading of “qawalli” – the poetry of St. Sufi, believers will have to perform acts of torturing themselves. A typical example is the use of a knife and sword to dislodge the pupils from the eye sockets and pull metal wires through the tongue and cheeks.
It is believed that the strange corpse ceremony is one of the acts of devotion to saints
Many non-religious Sufis might be surprised at these horrific rituals, not even some Muslim groups.
Also in India, thousands of Shia devotees are taking part in Islamic rituals to pay tribute to the death of Husayn ibn Ali, the son of the prophet Mohammed. During this festival, some devout worshipers used a scalpel to show their faith. The celebration is being held in Ashura, on the 10th day of the first month of the Islamic calendar.
This is not the first time people witness highly dangerous rituals being performed at a festival in India