Kendrapara: In a bizarre incident, parents attempted to resurrect their 7-year-old dead son for almost 12 hours by performing puja in a village in Kendrapara district.
The superstitious rituals however failed to revive the child. The unsavoury incident, that occurred yesterday at Balipala village of Mahakalpada tehsil of the comparatively educationally developed coastal district of Kendrapara, has left the people here perplexed.
Finally the bereaved family relented and cremated the body following the intervention of some local youths.
Mahesh Sagar Pradhan suffering with illness was rushed to the district headquarters hospital. But he was received dead by the hospital authorities. But the deceased’s father- Sridhar Pradhan (36) who was an ardent follower of a self-styled Godman was insistent that his son is still alive. Thereafter the tantric rituals to bring the kid back to life began and it lasted for almost 12 hiurs.
As the news of performance of rituals of reviving the dead child spread fast, a group of educated youths from the village thought ‘enough is enough’ and stubbornly opposed the superstition-bound rituals. The dogmatic parents finally gave in and stopped the rituals after counselling by the local youths. The body was later cremated with village youths performing the role of pall bearers.