Priest suffers 60 per cent burns after face-planting while running across hot coals during Indian festival

  • Vijay Kumar, 35, was running across hot coals as part of a religious ritual
  • The priest tripped and fell during the run, suffering 60 per cent burns
  • Video shows him tripping and falling over during a festival in Karnataka, India

A Hindu priest suffered 60 per cent burns after he tripped and fell while running across hot coals during a religious festival in southwest India

Vijay Kumar, 35, was performing a ritual which would see him run over a strip of burning embers while holding a sword.

However, half-way through his run, he he lost his footing and fell front-first onto the burning coals.

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Hot run: Video footage shows the moment Hindu priest Vijay Kumar, 35, falling over while performing a ritual run on hot coals

The incident took place at Sri Revanasiddeshwara temple in Ramanagara district of Karnataka, southwestern India, on Saturday.

Video footage sees him get past the half-way mark of the 15ft. long burning ember runway before tumbling. 

Two fellow priests standing at the end of the red hot runway are seen jumping in and dragging him to safety.

That’s gotta hurt: The 35-year-old priest at a Sri Revanasiddeshwara temple in Ramanagara district of Karnataka, can be seen yelling in pain as he falls on the coals

Aid: Other priests run onto the coals to help Mr Kumar off the burning runway

Burning man: Mr Kumar, right suffered 60 per cent burns on his legs, while his rescuer suffered 15 to 20 per cent burns

All three were taken to St. John’s Medical College Hospital in Bengaluru, where Mr Kumar was treated for 60 per cent burns to his legs.

His rescuers  – which included his brother – suffered 15 – 20 per cent burns after the accident.

The path of fiery coals is prepared the day before the festival, by burning wooden logs.

The temple is located atop a hill about 3,000 ft above sea level and is considered sacred by Shaiva followers. 

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