Shashi Tharoor Hospitalised After Being Injured During Ritual At Kerala Temple

Shashi Tharoor Hospitalised After Being Injured During Ritual At Kerala Temple

 Shashi Tharoor Hospitalised After Being Injured During Ritual At Kerala Temple 

New Delhi: Shashi Tharoor, the senior leader of the Congress party had received six stitches on his head after he injured himself while offering prayers at a temple in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram, said the sources. The senior leader of the Congress was weighing himself on a giant scale, as a part of the "thulabharam" ritual in which a person sits on the scale against a mound of offerings like fruit and sweets, equal to the devotee's body weight.

New Year Vishu has been celebrated by the state of Kerala, with people across the state visiting temples to offer prayers.

Mr Tharoor was immediately taken to a hospital in the state capital, where after applying the six stitches the doctors said the Congress parliamentarian is out of danger.

The people who accompanied the Congress leader took a photo, which shows Mr Tharoor in a crisp yellow kurta is seen siting cross-legged on the scale, suspended above the ground by four iron chain links.

The Congress leader is looking to score a hat-trick from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha seat. He faces the BJP's Kummanam Rajasekharan and CPI(M)-led LDF candidate C Divakaran.

Mr Tharoor, while following his long career at the United Nations,  returned to India and was elected to parliament in 2009.

Kerala will vote in a single phase on April 23 in the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections. Results will be out on May 23.