INDIA | Thousands of devotees are flocking to a remote Indian town to worship a baby born with a 12-inch-long penis as the reincarnation of a Hindu god.
The boy has been diagnosed with megalophallus–a rare penis enlargement disorder which affects just one in ten million people.
To an increasing number of Hindu worshippers, the newborn is the reincarnation of Lord Ganesh, the elephant-headed deity. Hindus worship Ganesh as the god of fertility, love and devotion; as well as of divine masculine strength and sexual power.
“I have no erection for 42 years, so I come here to kiss the baby’s penis and hope Ganesha makes me hard again,” one man told reporters.
One devotee, Kuntalesh Pandey, traveled more than 2070 miles to see the unnamed baby after news of his birth last Saturday spread.
“I’ve had three wives but could not keep them because they always complained about my small penis. We Indians are not ashamed of having small junk but I come here to touch Ganesha’s penis and pray he will make mine grow bigger,” he explained.
The exact cause of megalophallus is currently unknown, although a group of Chinese researchers has isolated the gene responsible for microphallus, a disorder which is widespread in China and affects one in five male babies at birth.