Nine families in a remote hamlet of Meghalaya have cut all ties with the world and are waiting for the end of the world, media reports said on Thursday.
that heads of the families have quit their jobs, pulled out their children from school and even withdrawn all their savings from banks after a local "prophet" told them that the end of world is near.
The reports said members of the nine families include two government employees and three school teachers, who had resigned from their jobs recently.
Meghalaya, a Christian-majority state in the northeast bordering Bangladesh, is known for its scenic beauty and the state's capital Shillong is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country.
Doomsday is a recurring theme in popular fiction and Hollywood movies and is also mentioned in some religious texts and ancient literature. The 2009 Hollywood film titled '2012' was based on an ancient Mayan calendar which had predicted that the Earth will be destroyed in that year.
The reports said the families belong to Nongthhliew village in West Khasi Hills.
"The families have apparently also stopped going to Church and have taken to 'internal prayers' in their respective homes," the Indian Express said.
"Efforts by some village elders and church officials to bring them out of their strange belief have not yielded any result," the paper quoted the headman as saying.
The paper also quoted the West Khasi Hills district deputy commissioner S Kharlyngdoh as saying that he was aware of the incident but was unable to take any action "because there was nothing illegal or criminal about it."