Hindu holds a hand up here for 43 years
• The Indian holds hand up here for 43 years
Indian sadhu (holy ascetic) Amar Bharati holds his hand up here for 43 years. Before he embarked on a spiritual path, his name was Mahant Amar Bharti Ji, and he was a clerk in New Delhi. In 1973, he raised his hand above his head in honor of the god Shiva, and have not put it down, despite the pain and strain.
After so many years of his hand turned into a useless bones covered with skin, thick and twisted in a spiral nails (because they had not been polled). Hand completely atrophied and frozen in an unnatural, almost upright.
Before becoming a sadhu, Amar Bharati was an ordinary representative of the Indian middle class, he had a job and a family. But one morning he realized that it all does not matter, all dropped out and devoted his life to the service of the Hindu god Shiva.
Three years later, in 1973, he realized that he was still connected with the worldly temptations, and decided to cut themselves off from them by holding his hand raised.
Some sources claim that Amar Bharati was very painful because of the wars and strife in the world, and he decided to pick up his hand for peace. Despite its secular past, Sadhu Amar Bharati highly revered during the rites of pilgrimage Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.
Maha Kumbh Mela in Haridwar - one of the biggest religious events in the world. Amar Bharati inspired and other sadhu raised his hands for the sake of peace and harmony. Some of them hold their hands raised for seven, 13 and even 25 years.
In an interview with Amar Sadhu Bharati said that his spiritual discourse focused on the anger and strife in the world today, on how people consume their neighbors, and that the most important thing - to live in peace and harmony.
When asked whether his raised hand, Amar replies hurts that she was sick, but he was used to. Like most of the ascetics, he did not want to talk about life before he made his vow.
Amar Bharati says that he does the same thing, that many saints did before him, and he just continues the tradition. In India it is called Urdhaman tapas and designates the type of service, when the ascetic devotes part of his body to God.
Although there is no documentary evidence that Amar Bharati always kept his hand raised for 43 years, it is known that Indian Sadhus perform unusual tasks in the name of faith, for example, sleeping or standing for long periods of fasting. In India there are holy Prahlad Jani, who 70 years had not eaten or drunk. His case has been tested and documented by physicians.