News by, Meenakshi Chauhan Sharma
INDIA (Madhya Pradesh) Bharat Tiwari, from Madhya Pradesh, suffers from a rare condition that is yet to be diagnosed by doctors.
The locals in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, have dubbed Bharat ‘The Ashtavakra’ The53-year-old told,” I don’t know what this condition is but I’ve been like this since childhood, after a wall fell on me when I was five years old. “My parents tried all sorts of treatments but nothing worked.” He said,” I believe in God and I know everything comes from him. This too is from God and it shouldn’t make me sad or depressed.“I haven’t got a disease, I’m not sad so it’s no problem.
“People from different villages come to see me and they pay me respect.” “Nobodytaunts me and everyone respects me and I bless them. They are all very helpful to me. Hesaid,“I haven’t faced any problem as such. I always find ways to take care of myself. I travel like normal people and I can travel anywhere without any issues.”Also I am able to do the daily chores like I wash my clothes and I go to the market myself.
I make tea for myself and for others too.” Temple owner, Sadhavi Pragya Bharti said, “In our Hindu culture there were disabled priest and people believe he is a reincarnation of him. People here don’t make fun of him, they greet him and think of him as a respected figure in the community.“Tiwari doesn’t take any help in any form. He is proud of himself and does all his work himself. Local doctor, Dr J.K Narula has been looking after Tiwari for the past seven years and believes it is too late to begin treating the condition now. Hesaid, “He stays fit generally and the problem is related to his bones. Nobody in his family knows about his disease. He doesn’t have any past records.“Because of his age I don’t think there is any chance of him getting better but any further deterioration can be avoided and taken care of.” Bharat said,”I am happy that due to this condition people come to see me, and I am happy to bless them.”