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107-year-old Jharkhand man loves to lie in his own grave

Hundreds of people are flocking to a remote village in Jharkhand to catch a glimpse of an old man who has built his own grave alongside that of his wife, and tending to it for the last six years.

By Girja Shankar Ojha

Ranchi (Jharkhand) May 6 : Hundreds of people are flocking to a remote village in Jharkhand to catch a glimpse of an old man who has built his own grave alongside that of his wife, and tending to it for the last six years.

Basanta Rai Guruji claims that he is 107-years-old and spends his day clearing weeds from the grave and derives comfort from lying in it.

A Hindu by faith, he belongs to a caste that buries its dead, Rai's wife died in 2001 of cancer. Soon after burying her, he started digging his own grave, and now unfailingly goes there to pay obeisance to his wife. A photograph of his wife is placed near the grave, and Basanta prays for her soul's welbeing with the help of burning incense sticks.

"I have made this grave for myself and my handicapped daughter, so that we could be interred here alongside my wife. I have done this because my wife was a very nice human being who would always go out of her way to help people at any hour of the day.

She was a do-gooder and would always be mobbed wherever she went, people knew her in twenty or so adjacent villages. She once accosted the local doctor in the dead of night and exhorted him to look after a patient who was in need of care," Guruji said.

Guruji could give today's younger generation a lesson or two on how to nuture and maintain matrimonial ties. His dictum has always been committment to one's spouse. His advice is to do something that will leave a mark in the times to come like his wife did.

ANI

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