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The “Athirathram” ritual which literally means “building up of the fireplace and performed overnight” and usually held to propagate universal peace and harmony, was first documented 35 years ago by US—based Indologist Frits Staal. The “Athirathram” ritual held at Panjal village in Thrissur district was the focus of a detailed study by a team of scientists led by Prof V P N Nampoothri, former director of the International School of Photonics, Cochin University of Science and Technology. A 4,000 year old fire ritual conducted...