A ‘dead’ grandfather came ‘back to life’
moments before his family set fire to him on a
funeral pyre in India.
Deepak Singh, 72, collapsed at his home in the
city of Bhilwada in India’s north-western state
of Rajasthan in front of his horrified relatives
after he went to feed his cows.
Soon after his family received confirmation that
he was dead they prepared his burial pyre and
began a traditional chant which caused the O.AP
to stir, then wake up.
His doting grandson, Banda Nalwa, 26, explained
how the family believed he had died earlier that
He said: ‘He seemed fine when he woke up in
the morning and said he was off to do his
‘But as he started walking over to where the
cows are he suddenly fell to the ground. I
rushed over and couldn’t see any signs of life. I
couldn’t feel a pulse and his heart seemed to
‘I called the rest of the family and they agreed.
We thought he was dead.’
A local doctor was called to the house and he
too confirmed Singh was dead. In accordance
with the Hindu religion, the family began
preparing the pyre which dates back thousands
After laying him out on the pieces of wood and
cloth, Singh’s relatives gathered around him and
began their death wail, the customary practice of
saying farewell to a loved one.
Nalwa added: ‘As the volume of the wailing
increased I suddenly saw my grandfather’s body
move. At first I thought it was my imagination,
but then he opened his eyes and sat up.’
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