Bizarre! Devotees receive snakebites to bring good fortune

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Tonk (Rajasthan), Sep 16 (ANI): In a unique festival in Rajasthan’s Veer Teja temple, devotees willingly receive snakebites in order to bring good fortune. Hundred of devotees, from across the nation, every year gather at the temple of Veer Teja, a legendary folk hero, in Tonk town of Rajasthan to celebrate the festival. Teja is considered to be one of the eleven incarnations of Lord Shiva and worshipped as a deity in rural Rajasthan. Devotees sang and danced to the sounds of drums and instruments, holding snakes in their hands and receiving their bites. It is believed that the snake bites cures ailments and bring good fortune.

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