Babies tossed from the roof in this bizarre Indian tradition

This is a ritual that would terrify most mothers. The worshippers at the shrine of Baba Sheikh Umar Saheb Dargah at the “Musti village” in the district of Solapur, in the state of Maharashtra, Western India have been carrying out this tradition to bring good luck and health to the child. If you want to see this ritual, you must visit Solapur, in the state of Maharashtra on the first of May. The tradition is also carried out in other parts of the state where the babies are tossed off the roof of temple roofs. The people of this village have been practising this for about 500 years. In Bijapur, 550 km  west of Bangalore, similar practice is carried out where children between 8 months to 5 year olds are thrown from temple tops.

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43 thoughts on “Babies tossed from the roof in this bizarre Indian tradition

  • February 16, 2013 at 9:10 pm
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    Wow! It was scary to watch but I was glad the babies didn’t get hurt. Interesting, unique tradition indeed.

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    • February 17, 2013 at 8:45 am
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      Marisol, something like this has to typical of India. Thanks for your comment and hope to see you again here. Best wishes.
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  • February 17, 2013 at 1:54 am
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    And to think there was all that hubbub when Michael Jackson dangled his baby on the balcony!
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  • February 17, 2013 at 2:40 am
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    Hi Shalu jee,

    Great information shared!

    Really bizarre, I’m not a fan of these type of practices, a slightest mistake could cause harm to the baby. Amazing to see people standing in the queue for this.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Sapna

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    • February 17, 2013 at 8:44 am
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      Something like this is shocking. I was not aware of this strange tradition. Thank you for your comment.
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  • February 17, 2013 at 9:57 am
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    It’s too bad I won’t be in India to witness this. I agree it can be bad for the kids. I wonder how long this tradition will last?
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    • February 17, 2013 at 1:55 pm
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      I think it will last for a long time since no steps are being take to curb it. Thanks for your comment Aleah.
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  • February 17, 2013 at 1:18 pm
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    I’m acrophobic, the mere sight of this video made me sick. Have there been any reported mishaps during rituals like this? So scary!

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  • February 17, 2013 at 4:18 pm
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    I can’t imagine my baby being tossed off. I would be the first one to faint.

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  • February 17, 2013 at 9:06 pm
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    I saw this on one of the travel shows, every time they dropped a baby, my heart sank, it felt like I was on a roller coaster.

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  • February 18, 2013 at 2:05 am
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    This quite frightening. Regardless of tradition I’m not dropping my kid from a one story house! The mothers of these kids must be terrified to death, one wrong move and it’s a disaster waiting to happen.

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  • February 18, 2013 at 4:00 am
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    This is really scary. If I am the mother, I couldn’t stand watching this thing.
    Anyway, thanks for sharing this tradition.
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  • February 18, 2013 at 11:16 pm
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    This is just insane! Even worst is the African tribe that cuts pieces of skin off their children. These rituals sound so barbaric. No disrespect but seriously? Is this really necessary?

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  • February 19, 2013 at 4:53 am
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    I think that it is very ridiculous. No offense to their tradition. But I think it very dangerous for the babies to be thrown like that because they could have spinal injuries through that practice. What if the a certain baby has some disorder that may endanger her/his life doing that practice?Is there any exemption? And the cutting of some piece of the skin, is it that necessary?

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  • February 19, 2013 at 7:09 am
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    Before this, I always thought that the Buddhists’ sky burial is the most bizarre traditions ever done in the history of human civilization. But tossing those little babes? Even if there are people who will be there to catch the child, I’ll still be terrified as a mother to offer my child for good luck and more blessings. Bizarre, yes, but authentic too!

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    • February 19, 2013 at 3:56 pm
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      Interesting one about Buddhist sky burial. I will look into that. Thanks for mentioning it.
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  • February 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm
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    I have seen some strange stuff… unfortunately in my country… from time to time someone throws a baby out of a window from 2, 3, or more stories high apartment building… and not for tradition. Sad and shameful about that.

    I had to say the title grabbed me and then I watched the video. As a mother, yes… I would be scared. However, knowing it is tradition and having traveled to many countries, I am accepting of such an event. Come on, some religions practically drown people to baptize them…lol

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    • February 19, 2013 at 3:06 pm
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      Hi Nile,

      It is really sad that babies are thrown out of windows. I remember Michael Jackson dangling his baby from the balcony. What was that about?

      This particular tradition is very regional specific and hence I was also not aware of it. But it does seem to exist in some parts of India. Its really amazing how many strange traditions are there in the world. Thanks for your comment.
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  • February 20, 2013 at 9:38 am
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    As a mother, I will never allow my babies to undergo that bizarre tradition. Just watching that video made me mad. How can they let this happen? Whatever there reasons for doing this, I will never accept them.

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  • February 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm
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    omg this is very terrifying indeed ! I understand rituals but would never do that either.
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  • February 24, 2013 at 4:41 am
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    They are only getting away with it because those are babies! Try doing that with a grown man and see what you get. Actually, lets start with Donald Trump
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  • February 27, 2013 at 4:49 am
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    This is really shocking for me! I didn’t ever hear about it. Thanks Shalu for sharing this such a wonderful article. This is dangerous for child. We should stop This.

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  • February 27, 2013 at 8:36 am
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    That’s what I call a culture shock. The tradition that seems awfully weird to us, but absolutely natural to the inhabitants of the district of Solapur. I hope that babies really become happier after going through this.

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  • February 28, 2013 at 4:45 pm
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    my gosh holy cow…. how people around allow to happen this illegal activities

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  • April 13, 2013 at 10:03 am
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    Tossing babies from rooves is BARBARIC!!! ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN AGAINST THEM!!!

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  • April 24, 2013 at 1:22 pm
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    How can the government go by such immoral practices? This is OUTRAGEOUS!

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  • April 26, 2013 at 10:59 am
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    I don’t believe this! How can the government stay quiet with all this happening?? This is seriously disturbing!!

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  • April 26, 2013 at 10:46 pm
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    While I can appreciate the customs and traditions of other countries, this chilled me to the bone, and I make scary movies!

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  • May 31, 2013 at 7:37 am
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    This is really good published article. Such a great yet interesting post. Thank you very much for sharing this useful stuff.

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  • May 31, 2013 at 7:39 am
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    This is really good published article. Such a great yet interesting post. Thank you very much for sharing this useful stuff.

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  • July 7, 2013 at 11:14 pm
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    Experts agree that giving water to baby is unnecessary – and may even be harmful – before 6 months of age. But for babies older than 6 months, medical opinion is a little more divided!

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  • July 17, 2013 at 2:18 pm
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    when to start giving baby water

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  • July 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm
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    How can people do this? Very weird! Although it is a tradition, but in this modern time still they are carrying their tradition. It is really wonderful. Thanks to share this surprising news.

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  • July 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm
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    I’m acrophobia, the simple vision of this video made me fed up. Have there been any revealed incidents during traditions like this?

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  • February 16, 2015 at 12:51 pm
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    I think, as a mother, I will never permit my children to experience that peculiar custom. Simply viewing that feature made me distraught. By what method would they be able to let this happen? Whatever there purpose behind doing this, I will never acknowledge them.

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