Six-year-old boy from Jalandhar in the Indian state of Punjab is worshiped by the locals, who believe he is the reincarnation of Hindu Lord Ganesha.
He was born with a mysterious medical condition, which has left him with a bloated forehead, deep set and narrow eyes.
He cannot walk, though, the villagers believe, he is a divine child and have given him a nickname, ‘Lord Ganesha’.
Pranshu meets adorer outside a mosque near the village every Thursday, because his father has decided not to let addicts enter the family home as their numbers increases every time.
A local villager, Jaswinder, who comes to see Pranshu, said, “People come to see Pranshu as they believe he is the reincarnation of the Ganesha.”
Kamlesh, Pranshu’s father, who also believes that his son is unlike other children, said, “People bow down their heads in front of him, I also do the same.”
He added, “He is a God. I also worship him like the other villagers. His whole body is like the Lord Ganesha. He gives blessings to everyone. Villagers who meet him get their whishes fulfilled. He goes to school everyday and when people see my son, they welcome him with flowers.”
According to his father, as soon as he was born the resemblance to Lord Ganesha was visible. In his opinion, “His eyes were like Lord Ganesha. He was born with a big head and even now the size of his head is growing.”
Little Prashu has embraced his position as a religious icon to his adoring flock.
He said, “I look like Ganesha Ji and people don’t even know my real name. My teachers also worship me at the school. My friends don’t bully me at all as they believe I am Lord Ganesha.”
He added that it makes him happy when people call him Ganesha ji and said that he wants to be like that only. He further said that he’s happy with his big head and face.
A year after Pranshu’s birth, he was taken to a local doctor but they were failed to offer a definitive diagnosis or any treatment. His father said, “I also took him to a doctor when was born. The doctors failed to cure him and said it was due to the pollution.”