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 Responses to “Babies tossed from the roof in this bizarre Indian tradition”

  1. Marisol says:

    Wow! It was scary to watch but I was glad the babies didn’t get hurt. Interesting, unique tradition indeed.

  2. James says:

    And to think there was all that hubbub when Michael Jackson dangled his baby on the balcony!

  3. Sapna says:

    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.


  4. Aleah says:

    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?

  5. I’m acrophobic, the mere sight of this video made me sick. Have there been any reported mishaps during rituals like this? So scary!

  6. Sarah Park says:

    I can’t imagine my baby being tossed off. I would be the first one to faint.

  7. Michael says:

    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.

  8. Kristine from landlord software says:

    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.

  9. Marnie Byod says:

    This is really scary. If I am the mother, I couldn’t stand watching this thing.
    Anyway, thanks for sharing this tradition.

  10. Emilia from sell used guns says:

    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?

  11. AZ WORLD says:

    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?

  12. Veronica from executive search says:

    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!

  13. Nile says:

    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

    • Shalu Sharma says:

      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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  15. Clara from gazebos for sale says:

    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.

  16. Good to see that country is ruling by these fake traditions and culprits

  17. Freya says:

    omg this is very terrifying indeed ! I understand rituals but would never do that either.

  18. Wade says:

    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

  19. Disha from Sharma says:

    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.

  20. Diane Clark says:

    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.

  21. darren sam says:

    my gosh holy cow…. how people around allow to happen this illegal activities

  22. Ali says:

    Tossing babies from rooves is BARBARIC!!! ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN AGAINST THEM!!!

  23. Shamsher says:

    How can the government go by such immoral practices? This is OUTRAGEOUS!

  24. Hemanshu says:

    I don’t believe this! How can the government stay quiet with all this happening?? This is seriously disturbing!!

  25. Romy says:

    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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    great information shared by you.Keep sharing such a good information.

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  31. Vincent says:

    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.

  32. James says:

    I’m acrophobia, the simple vision of this video made me fed up. Have there been any revealed incidents during traditions like this?

  33. Nicole says:

    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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