Patel, who belongs to the Koli community, can be seen in the video whipping himself with metal chains tied to a handle in what appears to be a religious function with devotional music playing in the background.
"This is like playing garba during Navratri. It is an age old tradition in my community. Though it appears that I am hitting myself hard, I was not hurt because I was doing it cautiously. This act is performed to show our respect and devotion to the deity. It is not done to harm oneself" said Patel.
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