Man keeps his arm raised for 38 years

September 16, 2011 · 49 comments

Mahant Amar Bharti Ji, a clerk from New Delhi, raised his right arm above his head in 1973 in honor of Shiva deity and since then never put it down. Despite pain and arm deformation, he managed to keep his arm raised for 38 years and counting.

Man keeps his arm raised for 38 years

How far would you go for your beliefs?

Man keeps his arm raised for 38 years

Man keeps his arm raised for 38 years

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kautuk September 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm

its really amazing and can done by indian baba’s only

reallY September 17, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Are you kidding me. As a god, why should they think this is awesome? This is a waste of time and a good human arm that could of been planting food and helping those with needs. Any higher power would only see this as foolish waste and so should you. Blind devotion is how evil works..

Honestly September 17, 2011 at 9:18 pm

For the love of Shiva, someone please call on that man! His question must be of cosmic importance!

Wat. September 17, 2011 at 10:19 pm

What does he do when he sleeps? You’re telling me that every single night for 38 years he propped/tied his arm up?

Jim Hudson September 17, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Insane, abhorrent, and repulsive.

Sarty September 17, 2011 at 11:09 pm

At this point, I’m sure the soft tissue has all adhered, so he basically has a “frozen shoulder”, which he could not put down if he tried. All the muscles have atrophied. What I’m not sure of is if it is painful at this point, or if his nerves and circulatory system have adapted enough to the constant elevated position.

Louis September 18, 2011 at 12:40 am

Eternal fist pumper, I salute you.

Wow September 18, 2011 at 1:23 am

ReallY- I disagree with your statement. We don’t know any God’s thoughts on what we do. What if this man served as someone who helped another with their beliefs? I am amazed that this man did this for his beliefs and never gave up. That is true trust and love for the God of your religion.
I have some major respect for him.
Very interesting read

rodney September 18, 2011 at 1:33 am

Yes, you may go to the restroom.

JJ September 18, 2011 at 1:33 am

not only does his arm disable him from helping others but he most likely requires someone else to care for him. this is foolish.

thoughts September 18, 2011 at 1:50 am

main thought: amazing that people will deform themselves for false gods.
other thoughts: this however does serve to help science. but just because you “help” science doesn’t mean your doing anything noble. you have to remember the nazi’s “helped” science by doing horrible/degrading things to the jews.
final thought: if you have a problem with anything i’ve said, you can direct your concerns to life.

meh September 18, 2011 at 2:02 am

so his wife can wait on him all day and he doesnt have to work. good excuse to me.

Wow... September 18, 2011 at 3:10 am

@thoughts: “you have to remember the nazi’s “helped” science by doing horrible/degrading things to the jews.”
Godwin’s law.. really?

Z September 18, 2011 at 4:05 am

Most intelligent reply. If anyone knows an acetic who understand the Shiva tribute, we would all enjoy to hear how this man’s act servers better than his able-bodied service to to people, temple, etc

sarah September 18, 2011 at 4:18 am

do any of you have any concept of the religious culture of India? Of Hinduism? You shouldn’t make statements like the ones below without understanding the fundamentals of the religion that these people are engrossed in. It’s not wrong. It’s not ridiculous. It’s not stupid. This man is showing his eternal devotion to his own God. At least take a look at the wiki page on Hinduism and see what the religion is about before blindly judging this man.

HappyGoLucky September 18, 2011 at 6:41 am

Really? I think it takes a certain amount of strength, not necessarily insanity, to do something like this. I will admit, it is odd and no, I can’t see why this would be a relevant/appropriate form or worship, but it’s something he’s doing for himself that makes him feel closer to the god he worships. He’s not doing anything to hurt anyone. He’s doesn’t have a bomb strapped to his chest. I don’t mean for that last comment to be in poor taste, I just want to emphasize that there are much crazier/harmful things one could do in honor of deity. Let this guy do his thing and don’t worry about it if he ain’t worried about it.

Dan Fanetti September 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm

All the responses I’ve read are a disgrace to free human expression. I will venture a guess, if it makes a difference to anyone after they’ve died, that man will be remembered long after his death for this one act of love for his God than most who have responded for their most cherished act of love toward their most cherished love. Many claim a love and DO NOTHING AT ALL. Beautiful.

Masa Harju September 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm

It’s cool to leave your comment on facebook, NOPE!

AuroraGB September 19, 2011 at 12:33 am

It just goes to show how stupid and ridiculous religion is. Any religion. What a pointless way to spend one’s life.

Imam Hotep September 19, 2011 at 9:14 am

Natural selection at work

vay amk September 19, 2011 at 10:35 am

lan bari sol eli havaya kaldırsaydın amk. sağ elim aslan elim diye boşuna mı diyor şair. nasıl çekicen osbiri. ama ben solağım diyorsan başka. yine de sağ elin verdiği zevki vermez. benden söylemesi.

Baris September 19, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Simply= dickhead. Be human, cut your disgusting nails sir! (and arm down) Stupid!

Mark September 20, 2011 at 3:53 am

Idiotic! go do something useful, aren’t there people starving there?

Hop September 20, 2011 at 4:04 am

Sorry I don’t get it. If I thought my god would feel honerd if I did such a thing I’d soon start to thinking that he has a sense of humor.

33o September 20, 2011 at 7:05 pm

This man has accomplished something that would have been deemed impossible had he not done it. The devotion, will power, mental strength and suffering this man has gone through has taken him to a different level of consciousness, which most of us will never be dedicated enough to experience. In the end religion is only his motivation and inspiration, but what he has achieved is far superior. As much as some people will think this is unnecessary or stupid, this has affected you in some way, that’s all that really matters.

33o September 20, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Also all the people who are commenting that he could do something far more useful to the world with his 1 hand available, what are u doing with both your hands to help? Much easier to type useless comments on the web and read this article than to go feed a dying baby, isn’t it.

bulgakov September 27, 2011 at 9:29 am

must be a damned good wheed he’s smoking. but maybe he’s just raising his hand for a cab…and cabs they don’t stop to drug suckers

cork February 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm

Religion, ALL religion is a myth. There are NO Gods, NONE, and never were. Religion does not help or heal or educate, it retards, causes hate and division, and rewards only the leaders–especially the very wealthy Catholics and TV evangelists. There is absolutely no sense to prayer. Prayer does nothing, ever. The Bible is a book for frightened people who have no self confidence. Religion is continued through the infantile fears (brainwashing) the parents place in their children’s minds. Very difficult to remove, completely false and responsible for extremely reduce capability in logical thinking abilities and survival when situations worsen. There is no such thing as a “good religion”

Sokhtandar November 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm

He was “Kos Khol”

Eli December 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm

@cork, there is god. I’m sorry but u just have to wait til ure dead to find out

Frankie December 25, 2012 at 8:55 am

@ cork. Very well articulated.. well said.. I totally agree.
@ Eli. I take it you must be dead already for your comment to make any sense?

Frankie December 25, 2012 at 8:57 am

Top comment !

mana December 30, 2012 at 7:37 pm


bob January 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm

how ’bout two bottles? also suck it or ill rip yer arm off!

Sir awesome May 25, 2013 at 3:32 am

When does he sleep?

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