(Photo: Screen Grab via Barcroft TV)
A 35-year-old tea picker from West Bengal, India, with a tail growing from the base of his spine since birth is now being worshipped as a god by hundreds of followers.
"Many people come to me. Some even from far off places. They feel that I am God Hanuman. My tail is good for me," said Chandre Oraon, the man with the tail, in a Barcroft TV interview.
Hanuman, according to pantheon.org, is one of three major Hindu gods with animalistic features. The monkey-like god is very popular in North India and is said to have a potent effect in warding off evil. People believe Chandre is a reincarnation of Hanuman.
"We believe that Chandre is an incarnation of Hanuman. They say he was born on the day of the Holy Hanuman ritual. So we have faith in him. My brother's son has been very unwell and has fever. We have been giving him medicine but it hasn't helped. So we came to Chandre to seek his blessings," said Monika Lakda.
Chandre's uncle, Baldev Ram, said his nephew's powers are now well-known among people who have reportedly been blessed by him.
"People who have faith in him often see the benefits. Their wishes are fulfilled, even diseases are healed," said Ram.
The monkey god's life, however, has not always been one of deity worship.
"Kids used to bully me, and my tail. They used to laugh. They used to pull my tail just for fun," said Chandre.
It also made it difficult for him to find a wife.
"A few women rejected my proposals. I had gone to see a girl once, she said I have a tail. She refused to marry me," he explained.
Eventually, he married his 38-year-old wife Maino Oraon in 2007. But she explained that she only did so under duress.
"He doesn't look good. My mother and my father passed away when I was young. My brothers wanted me to get married so I had to compromise and marry him," she said.
Chandre, who now offers blessings in a makeshift temple, says his dream is to build himself one big enough to accommodate hundreds of followers but he doesn't have the money to do it.
"I want to build a temple, but I am a poor man, so I am looking for some help," he said.