A baby is being worshipped as a god in India because she has three hands.
The two-month old infant girl was born in the Bilaspur district of the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh on November 2.
Though the baby is healthy, she has a small additional arm and hand growing out of the right hand side of her chest.
Her mother, Radhika Sahu, brought her for a check-up at the local health centre but it appeared the extra limb was causing her no harm.
In fact, she has become the talk of the town, and some villagers were seen worshipping the baby girl as a god.
But Dr. B.P. Singh, head of Chhattisgarh Institute of Medical Science, recommended an operation to remove the one-in-a-million extra hand, which would allow the girl to live a normal life.
Babies born with extra limbs in India are often worshipped as reincarnations of Hindu deities.
Depictions of Hindu Gods often show them with multiple arms, which emphasizes their superhuman power and ability to perform many tasks at once.
Occasionally a deity is portrayed with more than one head, which shows the multifaceted nature of the God and their many characteristics.
Babies born with extra limbs in India are often worshipped as reincarnations of Hindu deities because the resemble depictions of the Gods, who often have multiple extra limbs which convey their power
Last year a baby boy from Yamunanagar was described as a ‘gift from God’ because he had two heads.
In 2015, a baby boy born with eight-limbs was believed to be the reincarnation of Ganesh, the popular elephant-headed God of wisdom, success and good luck.
Thousands of devotees flocked to the remote town where he was born to get a glimpse of the baby.
And in 2014, a six-year-old boy found himself an object of reverence in his tiny Indian village after growing a foot-long tail, which his family and locals believed was a sign that he is connected to the Hanuman, a monkey-like Hindu deity.