Priest suffers severe burns after fall while running across hot coals in India

A priest in India suffered severe burns to his legs after tripping and falling while trying to run across hot coals on Saturday.

Vijay Kumar was at a festival at Sri Revanasiddeshwara temple in Karnataka when he fell face-first into the burning pit, according to the South West News Service.

A priest suffered 60 per cent burns after he tripped and fell - while running across hot coals.  See SWNS story SWCOALS.  Vijay Kumar, 35, was performing the ritual at a festival when he lost his footing and fell front-first into the fiery burning pit.  Video shows him tumble, before two fellow priests standing at the end of the red hot runway jump in and pull him to safety.  All three were taken to St. John’s Medical College Hospital in Bengaluru, India, where Mr Kumar was treated for 60 per cent burns to his legs.  His rescuers suffered 15 - 20 per cent burns after the accident at Sri Revanasiddeshwara temple in Ramanagara district of Karnataka, India, on April 28.  The path of fiery coals is prepared the day before the festival, by burning wooden logs.  The temple is located atop a hill about 3,000 ft above sea level and is considered sacred by Shaiva followers.

Kumar was performing at a festival in Karnataka, India when he fell face-first into the burning pit,  (SWNS)

Video posted by the agency shows Kumar tumbling into the burning coals before two fellow priests jump in and pull him to safety.

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A priest suffered 60 per cent burns after he tripped and fell - while running across hot coals.  See SWNS story SWCOALS.  Vijay Kumar, 35, was performing the ritual at a festival when he lost his footing and fell front-first into the fiery burning pit.  Video shows him tumble, before two fellow priests standing at the end of the red hot runway jump in and pull him to safety.  All three were taken to St. John’s Medical College Hospital in Bengaluru, India, where Mr Kumar was treated for 60 per cent burns to his legs.  His rescuers suffered 15 - 20 per cent burns after the accident at Sri Revanasiddeshwara temple in Ramanagara district of Karnataka, India, on April 28.  The path of fiery coals is prepared the day before the festival, by burning wooden logs.  The temple is located atop a hill about 3,000 ft above sea level and is considered sacred by Shaiva followers.

The 35-year-old sustained severe burns on his legs.  (SWNS)

All three people were taken to the hospital, where Kumar was treated for severe burns to more than 60 percent his legs.

A priest suffered 60 per cent burns after he tripped and fell - while running across hot coals.  See SWNS story SWCOALS.  Vijay Kumar, 35, was performing the ritual at a festival when he lost his footing and fell front-first into the fiery burning pit.  Video shows him tumble, before two fellow priests standing at the end of the red hot runway jump in and pull him to safety.  All three were taken to St. John’s Medical College Hospital in Bengaluru, India, where Mr Kumar was treated for 60 per cent burns to his legs.  His rescuers suffered 15 - 20 per cent burns after the accident at Sri Revanasiddeshwara temple in Ramanagara district of Karnataka, India, on April 28.  The path of fiery coals is prepared the day before the festival, by burning wooden logs.  The temple is located atop a hill about 3,000 ft above sea level and is considered sacred by Shaiva followers.

Two other priests jumped in to help, and also sustained burns.  (SWNS)

The other two priests also sustained burns on their legs, according to SWNS.

The temple in Southwest India is located atop a hill about 3,000 feet above sea level, and is considered sacred by Shaiva followers.

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