Brave locals have taken part in their annual Indian ritual – voluntarily getting trampled by running cows.

To celebrate the spiritual occasion of Ekadeshi, husbands and fathers, in Badnagar, Madhya Pradesh, in central India, lined themselves on the streets as herds of running cows trampled over their bodies.

Locals annually decorate their cattle in henna and colourful flowers and let them run through the town.
This bizarre ritual is done in the hope the act brings prosperity to the area and everyone’s prayers are answered.

It’s a traditional ritual done over centuries and always celebrated after Diwali. Locals claim no one has ever been seriously hurt during the ritual.