Bhopal: A 19-year-old girl from Madhya Pradesh sliced off her tongue and offered it to Goddess Kali, with an apparent desire to appease the deity into granting her wishes.
According to reports, Aarti Dubey, a student of TRS College in Madhya Pradesh, made the extreme sacrifice a day after she dreamed about the deity demanding her tongue in exchange for granting all her wishes.
The incident happened at a Kali temple in the town of Reeva in Madhya Pradesh.
Aarti fell unconscious immediately after slicing off her tongue. The people present at the temple covered her with a scarf and kept praying for her well-being instead of taking her to the doctor, said reports.
Incredibly, when Aarti remained unconscious for five hours, the people hailed it as a blessing of the goddess.
But then she regained consciousness and finished the rest of the rituals, including doing the rounds of the temple premises, with a faint smile on her face.
As the news of this ‘sacrifice’ spread, the authorities swung into action, and a team of doctors and policemen were sent to the temple.
The doctors sent Aarti home after giving her first aid.
The girl’s brother expressed shock at his sister’s actions. “Aarti had confided in me about the dream and told me that she was going to offer her tongue to the deity. But it never occurred to me that she was serious about it. I thought she was just joking,” Sachin was quoted as saying.
Stating that only illiterate and superstitious people performed such acts, Sachin said he never imagined his college-going sister cutting off her tongue.
But the temple priest praised Aarti. Admitting that he was at the spot when the girl cut off her tongue, Devi Prasad Sharma said the goddess would protect Aarti as she was a staunch devotee.
It is not clear whether any arrests have been made in the case so far.