INDIA: Coorg's Miracle

For months, all India had been talking of the fabulous girl in Coorg who could live without food or drink. Indian newspapers rushed correspondents to interview tiny (4 ft. 11 in.) Dhanalakshmi Aiyanna, 18, daughter of an assistant manager of a Coorg coffee estate. Followers of Hindu mysticism organized pilgrimages to her home. Judge Panchapakesa Ayyar of the Madras high court announced after a talk with the girl that he was sure she had pierced an ancient yoga myster—"Vayu Bhakshina [aiir-food], an art known only to our sages and described in our sacred books."

Dhanalakshmi was invited to visit the...

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