Hundreds of people gathered to witness an annual ritual in which young toddlers are thrown off a shrine for good luck. This annual event is thought to have been followed by Hindus and Muslims for nearly 700 years in the belief the fall ensures good health and prosperity for their families.

The terrified toddler on his way down screaming and crying

Safe landing for the child

Another ritual was taking place on the same day in Sholapur, about 280 miles south of Mumbai.

After the child lands and bounces on the bed sheet, held taught by a group of around 14 men, he or she is then quickly passed through the crowd to their mothers.

The event led to rights activist lashing out at officials who allowed hundreds of infants to be dropped from the roof of the Baba Umer Durga mosque, in the village of Harangal Parbhani, in western India's Maharashtra. Local officials told television news stations Friday that there had been no reports of injuries.

More dangerous than the throw, The babies are carried to the top of the shrine in bundles tied to the backs of dangling devotees

With high child mortality rates, especially in India's rural areas, many people resort to rituals which they believe can ensure their children's health.

An inconsolable toddler who is safely on the ground now.

Watch the horrifying video of the babies who seemed to be around the age of two, being thrown off a plummeting 15 metres onto a bedsheet below. 

[Daily Mail]