Magical Mahua: when oxygen patients received 'healing tree' in the jungle of Madhya Pradesh
(HOSHANGABD): Rangers of the Satpura Tiger Reserve (STR) would like to have a farmer, Roop Singh Thakur, in their hands, who suspect the rumor of the miraculous healing powers of a Mahua tree that is now attracting between 25,000 and 30,000 people a day.
More than 10 lakh people have visited this tree near the village of Nayagaon in the last two months, with the frenzy increasing day by day. Police and forestry officials are at the end of their relationship, but the avalanche of miracle seekers shows no signs of reflux.
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Old and sick patients are being transported in chairs, hooked to intravenous drops, entire villages are appearing on the back of tractors and a bazaar has emerged in the protected area to feed this jamboree.
After Roop Singh (pictured) claimed a magical cure, people are taken to the tree, hooked with oxygen and intravenous drops.
It is said that a patient, who was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday for a healing touch, died a few hours later.
Police and forestry officials are at the end of their relationship, but the avalanche of miracle seekers shows no signs of reflux.
Smugglers are selling coconuts and incense, police say. At this time, photographs of the tree are for sale, along with mineral water and snacks for those who visit the site. The site, reached after a walk of 3-5 km, is a scene of absolute chaos, with plastic bags and coconut shells covering the area, the policemen desperately try to avoid a stampede and incessant noise in the hours of the midnight. Forest officers fear a massive threat to wildlife.
Old and sick patients are transported in chairs, hooked to intravenous drops and even with oxygen.
The people of Nayagaon are taking advantage of the frenzy, but the only man who is missing all this is Roop Singh, who has disappeared from the village after claiming that the tree heals him of his limp. Officials firmly believe that the miracle story was planted by some villagers to earn easy money. If it was a plan, it worked like magic: local sources say that Nayagaon these days has more visitors than Pachmarhi, the hill station 70 km away.
Before going underground, Roop, in his thirties, was interviewed on video by a STR blow guard. “I was going home when this tree attracted me to him. I was stuck for 10 minutes, and when he let go, I could feel a change. I don't limp anymore. I started visiting him on Sundays and Wednesdays, and now I'm perfectly fine, Singh is heard saying in the clip.