Horror eye gouging ritual at Indian festival

Notably, there is a ritual using knives and swords to make the pupils protrude from the eye sockets.

“Eye gouging” is one of the most dangerous rituals carried out by the procession at the shrine of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. The Sufi saint was a philosopher missionary who passed away in the 13th century and this year is the 808th festival to commemorate the saint’s death anniversary.

This is an annual festival held in 7th month of the Muslim lunar calendar. During the festival, people sing and dance happily. The believers are provided with food and flowers and pray at the grave of the Sufi saint.

However, the special point is that during the reading of “qawalli” – the poem of the Sufi saint, the believers will have to do it. acts of self-torture. Typical of them are the acts of using knives and swords to pop the pupils out of the eye sockets and pulling metal wires through the tongue and cheeks.

Many people who do not follow the religion of the Sufi saints may be surprised by these somewhat scary rituals that even some other Muslim groups do not perform.

Also in India, thousands of Shia believers are participating in Muslim rituals to express their condolences for the death of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammed. During this festival, some devout believers used knives to cut their heads to show their faith. The celebration is being held in Ashura on the 10th day of the first month of the Islamic calendar.

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According to DS