Human Sacrifice (Nara Bali) in India (Post No.3244)


I have taken this picture from an old book; I dont know whether it is a drawing or something that happened long long ago.

Written by London Swaminathan


Date: 12 October 2016


Time uploaded in London: 5-55 AM


Post No.3244


Pictures are taken from various sources; thanks.





We have references to Nara bali/ human sacrifice in the following sources in India:-


1.Siruthondar (from Tamil Periyapuranam):

One of the 63 Saivite saints of Tamil Nadu. He lived in the period of Mahendra Pallava, 1400 years ago. One Bairagi came and asked for human meat. Siruthondar, who was the commander in Chief of the Pallava army, was forced to cook his own son for the Siva devotee. But at the end, the boy came alive and the Bairagi disappeared and they came to know that it was Lord Siva who came as a meat eater to test his devotion.

Whatever be the end of the story this shows that there a sect who asked for human sacrifice. They were very few in number and hated by the true devotees.


2.Adi Sankara

Adi Shankara who lived 2000 years ago weeded out the bad elements in Hinduism. Knowing that he was against unruly elemtnts in the Hindu religion A Kabalika asked for his body to be sacrificed to the god. He agreed because an ascetic never cares for the human body. But one of his disciples took the form of Narasimha (Man lion form of Vishnu) and torn the Kabalika into pieces.

3.Purushamedha Yajna (from the Vedic literature)

We hear about it only name sake in the Vedas. There was one instance where a boy was tied to a pole (may be for sacrifice)  and he was released by the revolutionary Vedic Poet Visvamitra. No body objected to it. But there are other references that only human or animal figures made out of rice flour were sacrificed in the fire.


Other Nara Bali Episodes:–

4.Indus Valley Civilization; 5.Navakandam; 6.Mahabharatam:–

Please see my earlier post; link at the bottom


7.From Khond (Dravidian Human Sacrifices) Sources:–

Bera Pennu

“Vegetation goddess in Nothern India.

Worshipped by the Khonds in Bengal.

She was the recipient of human sacrifice to ensure good harvest, particularly of the spice turmeric, and as protection against disease and infirmity. The sacrificial victim or meriah was youthful, often kept as a holy person before death and was always either the offspring of a previous sacrificial victim, or purchased from impoverished families for the purpose. He or she was generally strangled, sometimes in the fork of a tree, after days of festivities. In other instances, the victim was cut alive.


Boora Pennu

God of light. Indian Khond.

A local deity in Orissa province who created the earth goddess Tari Pennu as his consort and through her engendered the other great gods. Until recently this deity was the subject of sacrifice in notorious meriah rituals which involved violent human sacrifice.

Tari Pennu

Chthonic goddess. Indian (Khond). Created by the sky gods Boora Pennu and Bella Pennu so as to conceive the rest of the pantheon she is identified as a malevolent deity, the subject of regular propitiation human sacrifices in the notorious meriah rituals in the Orissa province”.

(Pennu= light is explained in my other article posted on 7th October; please see the link at the bottom)

(Encyclopedia of Gods by Michael Jordan)


8.Egypt, Mayan, Middle East (Bahrain), Sumer etc


My earlier Posts:-

Human Sacrifice in Indus Valley and Egypt

31 October 2012

Human Sacrifice practised by the Khonds, 7 October 2016

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