Allahabad: In a bizarre display of devotional fervour, a man chopped off his tongue at a temple of Goddess Durga here “to appease the deity”.

The incident took place in Transport Nagar on the outskirts of the city on Monday night, where 35-year-old Hela took out a razor from his pocket, slashed his tongue and placed the blood-soaked piece of flesh in front of the idol and began to dance before falling unconscious, police said.

Hela was rushed to a hospital, where his condition was stated to be critical.