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Noun. March 29, 2013, Word of the Day


A (private) commitment to God to do something specific, usually requiring demonstrating belief in some physically painful manner, with the ulterior motive to secure (or thank for) some favour in return (from said God).

e.g. walking bare-foot to the Temple, fasting, shaving ones hair bald, poking / piercing sharp metal objects into ones skin, self-flagellation etc


Ramesh: Exam prepration yeppa-di poi-it-irruku?
(How is the exam prepration comming along?)
Mani: Koil-iku nadandhu varran-inu venduthal, God will do the rest.
(I have promised to walk to the temple, God will do the rest).

See also fatalism ( or Kismet or Vidhi, We will do our best, God will do the rest

Added 2012-02-28 by Silly Billy




South India

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