MP: Over 90 persons shave heads for no covid death in their village in 2021

The villagers had taken a vow to shave their heads if no fatality is reported due to the pandemic in 2021 in their village.

Bhopal: Over 90 residents of a village in Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch district got their heads tonsured and held a mass feast at a temple to thank the deity for ensuring “zero fatality” due to COVID-19 in their village in the year 2021.

The ritual was held on Friday to fulfil the vow taken by villagers at the Devnarayan temple when the pandemic was at its peak, a resident said.

Villagers, including women, took out a procession in Devri Khawasa village in the Neemuch district, around 400 km away from Bhopal. They danced to the tune of religious songs while holding religious flags in their hands.

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About 25-30 villagers were infected when the coronavirus pandemic was at its peak. At that time, people had taken a ‘Mannat’ (vow) in the ancient temple of Devnarayan ji to tonsure their heads and hold a ‘bhandara’ (mass feast) if no fatality is reported due to the pandemic in 2021, Ambalal Patidar, a villager, told reporters.

Another resident Amit Gurjar said that in a bid to thank the deity, 90 villagers shaved their heads and organised a feast.

We thanked the deity as no death due to COVID-19 was reported in our village with a population of 2,500 even though some of the infected villagers were critically ill,” he claimed.

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