Six-year-old Pranshu, from Jalandhar, Punjab of India, is being worshipped by villagers as the reincarnation of a Hindu god, after a medical condition left him with an enlarged forehead and narrow eyes.
Pranshu who was born with the medical defect makes it difficult to walk.The villagers believe him to be a divine child and a reincarnation of the god; Ganesha. However, the Ganesha god, depicted with an elephant’s head on a human body, is alleged by the people to be the god of good fortune who provides prosperity and success.
Pranshu is not just worshipped by the people but also his teachers – who bow down their heads before him. The mystery boy is said to be met outside a temple near his village every Thursday by a crowed who come to worship or consult from him.
Pranshu has four siblings, including an elder brother, pictured, who has the same medical condition. However, the difference is that his elder brother who is just like him, can work properly unlike him.
Pranshu comes from a poor family. His father who is a labourer, earns less than £4 per day and says the boy was taken to a local doctor a year after his birth but they were unable to offer a definitive diagnosis or offer any treatment to his condition.