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Devotees dip hands into boiling oil at this Karnataka temple

Get strange experience at this Karnataka temple

There are many miraculous temples in the country. Devotees can have different experiences at different temples. Here is one such temple in Karnataka where devotees dip their hands into a vessel of boiling oil to take out fried vadas from it.

Rayeshwar Kavooru Kamakshi temple in Kumta town, Karnataka, is famous for Vada Seva. Vada Seva involves taking out of vada from boiling oil with bare hands. This tradition has been practised in this temple for several years.

The vada is offered to the goddess every year on full moon day as part of a 15-day Dusshera celebration. The vada is offered on the final day. Devotees who seek blessing from the goddess take out fried vada from boiling oil with bare hands. They claim that they don’t have any burning sensation or injuries even though they dip their hands in boiling oil.

Devotees also believe that performing this Seva can bring them good luck. They believe that the goddess will grant their wishes.


The chief priest of the temple says that it is the miracle of the goddess that none of the devotees has any injuries even though they dip their hands into the vessel of boiling oil. He says that this tradition has been going on in this temple for many years. No such incident of burning has been witnessed or reported by anyone.

However, activists against superstitions claim that some sort of chemical or liquid is mixed with the oil to prevent injuries from burning. They say that this chemical makes the oil burn at a lower temperature so that none of them will be injured. They quote that there will be froth in the oil due to the mixing of a chemical. However, devotees and priests do not accept their claim, saying that no chemical is mixed with the oil.

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