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The Temple Where Indians Go to Get Exorcised

The Temple Where Indians Go to Get Exorcised
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In India's Madhya Pradesh, there's a temple that's fairly popular among the possessed. The Deoji Maharaj temple in Malajpur plays host to several ghost fairs every year, where people come to be exorcised. Often, they are women brought by their relatives during the full moon (the most auspicious night of the year according to the Indian calendar). According to Reuters:

The exorcism involves running around the temple courtyard to make the 'ghost' weak then being beaten by a priest with a broom.

Below, scenes from the village:


A man tries to hold a devotee who is believed to be possessed by evil spirits as she goes into a state of trance at Guru Deoji Maharaj temple during a ghost fair at Malajpur village in Betul district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)


A devotee, believed to be possessed by evil spirits, cries in a state of trance as she walks around the courtyard of Guru Deoji Maharaj temple during a ghost fair at Malajpur village in Betul district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)


A devotee, believed to be possessed by evil spirits, goes into a state of trance as she lies in the courtyard of Guru Deoji Maharaj temple during a ghost fair at Malajpur village in Betul district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)


A devotee who is believed to be possessed by evil spirits cries in a state of trance at Guru Deoji Maharaj temple during a ghost fair at Malajpur village in Betul district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

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Amanda Erickson is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic Cities. All posts »

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