Guru Kailash Singh from the rural village of Chatav in Varanasi refuses to take bath since 1974, shortly after his marriage.
Singh, now 65, claimed that a priest had guaranteed him a son and heir if he followed the advice.
“He says he’d rather die than take a bath and only a son could change his mind. It has been so many years now I’ve got used to it,” his wife Kalavati Devi, 60 said.
However, his religious guidance has clearly failed, as he has seven daughters.
Singh spends his days tending cows in 47 degrees Celsius heat, yet the only ‘cleansing’ he does allow himself is a ‘fire bath’ each evening, which involves smoking marijuana, praying to Lord Shiva and dancing around a bonfire.