Some say cleanliness is next to godliness, but not Guru Kailash Singh who quit bathing 37 years ago, because he believe he’d be rewarded for his sacrifice.
It wasn’t because he no longer needed to attract the ladies that he let himself go. Kailash reportedly abandoned washing because a priest told him it would help him produce a son.
With seven daughters born since then, he’s still waiting for a male heir.
Each evening, Kailash winds down the day with a “fire bath” ritual of smoking marijuana, praying to the Hindu god Shiva and dancing around a campfire.
There was one failed attempt by his family to force him into a stream.
â€˜He fought us off and ran away,â€™ his wife Kalavati Devi, 60, told Barcroft. â€˜Weâ€™ve tried several times since to force him to have a shower but he puts up such a fuss.
â€˜He says heâ€™d rather die than take a bath and only a son could change his mind. It has been so many years now Iâ€™ve got used to it.â€™
The taunts neighbors in his village about his smell don’t faze Kailash.
â€˜Children tease and shout that I donâ€™t wash when I ride my bicycle through the village,â€™ he told Barcroft.
â€˜There are many people who have a poor character that mock me for not washing. They do not understand my decision but I will not change my mind as it is Godâ€™s choice, not mine.