Falling into trance is common during Nanda Raj Jat organized by Uttarakhand. I noticed that some of these trances took an ugly turn. One of such trance is captured in the today’s photo story.
August 21, 2014. Chandpurgarhi , Chamoli (L-R) The boy in white shirt and long red scarf (dupatta), the woman in purple sari and long red scarf, and the girl with open hairs fall into trance. Colloquially a trance means that “divine energy” surges in the bodies of fortunate devotees (devata aya). Under the impact of trance, devotees suddenly start jumping and dancing until the energy is dissipated.
The girl is inconsolable because the boy slapped her hard at least three four times to bring her out of deep trance. She wanted to pay him back. But the woman separated them and scolded the boy.
The woman tries to console the agitated girl.
The woman continues to speak with the girl and console her.
One of the members of the priest community who escorted the khadu discusses with the woman ways to bring the girl out of deep trance . A staunch believer greets with folded hands to the woman oracles.
The girl is still agitated. The priest tries again to console her by patting her head.
The woman stuffs rice, sacrament (prasad), in the mouth of the girl because the sacrament is probably the best remedy to mitigate the impact of trance.
Both the woman and the priest community member are still trying to calm the girl down.
The member applies tilak on the forehead of the girl to console her.