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Doctors save man pierced in a freak accident by 5-feet long rod through the neck

    Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 6 November 22   A team of doctors at Apollo Multispecialty hospital in Triuchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India, saved the life of a 33-years-old man whose neck was pierced through by a feet long iron rod.   Karthikeyan, a resident of Ariyamangalam in the city, was watering the concrete slabs on the first floor of his under-construction house when he accidentally slipped and fell 15 to 20 feet down, on October 15. As he fell, a 5 feet long iron rod with serrated edges pierced through his neck and came out from the back.   “Within fifteen minutes of the mishap, his relatives rushed him to our hospital which is in close vicinity,” informed Apollo Multispecialty Hospital, Triuchirappalli, Consultant General, Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon Dr Mohamed Mansoor, who led the operating team.   “On evaluation in emergency, it was seen that he had a 5 feet long iron rod penetrating into the anterior aspect of neck and exiting the posterior aspect of neck.

Baptism by fire : Temple priest in India ‘bathes’ in burning coal embers

Baptism by fire : Temple priest in India ‘bathes’ in burning coal embers







Story by Sagaya FernandoMumbai: March 13, 2018


Taking the proverbial saying ‘trial by fire’ to a new level, a temple priest in the village of Thelanur village in Chamarajanagar district of the South Indian state of Karnataka, literally ‘bathed’ in burning hot coals as an invocation for the welfare of the villagers.

This ritual took place during the annual festivities of Urkatheshwari Temple on March 10. The temple, believed to be over three centuries old and built by a local king, is located near Ummathur, a small town which was once the capital of the local chieftain under the Vijayanagara Empire.

On the morning of the festivities, a huge wooden log is set afire in the courtyard of the temple for a firewalking ritual later in the evening. And, as part of the annual festivities, Goddess Urkatheshwari is taken on a chariot around the village in a procession. After the procession culminates at the temple in the evening at around 5 pm, Mahadevappa -- the chief priest of the temple takes a small vessel and approaches the burning embers of the log, dips into it and pours the burning coal over his head which is protected by just a red coloured vestment.

A video of the ritual taken by one of the devotees shows the priest fainting after the firey bath, and being carried away by the devotees. By taking a bath of burning coals, the priest is trying to please the Goddess and is invoking her blessing and protection for the villagers, explained local resident Rashmi Nitin.

Following the chief priest’s ‘trial by fire’, the other devotees jump into the burning coal embers as part of the fire walk ritual.

Theemithi or fire walk ritual is common in some temple festivities in South India. Recently, in a fire-walk ritual in another temple in Ramanagar district, the temple priest stumbled while doing a fire-walk and sustained burn injuries to his legs. Three years ago, a 65-year man died after falling into the burning coal embers as he took part in the fire-walk at Kalikamba temple in Mandya district.

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    Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 6 November 22   A team of doctors at Apollo Multispecialty hospital in Triuchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India, saved the life of a 33-years-old man whose neck was pierced through by a feet long iron rod.   Karthikeyan, a resident of Ariyamangalam in the city, was watering the concrete slabs on the first floor of his under-construction house when he accidentally slipped and fell 15 to 20 feet down, on October 15. As he fell, a 5 feet long iron rod with serrated edges pierced through his neck and came out from the back.   “Within fifteen minutes of the mishap, his relatives rushed him to our hospital which is in close vicinity,” informed Apollo Multispecialty Hospital, Triuchirappalli, Consultant General, Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon Dr Mohamed Mansoor, who led the operating team.   “On evaluation in emergency, it was seen that he had a 5 feet long iron rod penetrating into the anterior aspect of neck and exiting the posterior aspect of neck.