What kind of guy gets bitten by snakes 12 times and lives to tell the tale? Meet 20-year-old Lingaraju S – he’s your man. In the last one month alone, four snakes have made futile attempts at his life – two of these were king cobras.

The young man comes from a poor family and lives in Vijayapura.

He was first bitten about five years ago in Solapur, where he lived with his family. Subsequently, he was bitten seven more times. His worried parents consulted a doctor who put him on medication for over six months.

Set back by nearly Rs 40,000 by his treatment, the family, which farmed for a living, decided to move to Vijayapura. They believed it was a curse in Solapur that was causing the snakebites. To their shock and disappointment, the new place didn’t change a thing. Just last month, he got bitten four times!

Unnerved by these repeated bites, his parents have taken him off work and he stays at home.

What the family believes to be a curse is a mystery to the village doctor. Ayurvedic doctor at the village, Somshekar H, said that two times he had treated Lingaraju, he had been bitten by a cobra. He says it’s a miracle that he’s alive after being bitten 12 times by different snakes.

The many doctors that the family got in touch with have been unable to explain the curious phenomenon. Unable to afford a consultation in Bengaluru city, Lingaraju and his family continue to live with the ‘curse’.

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