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In photos: devotees inflict pain in honour of the Goddess Mutthumariamman in Bandel

by | 7th, April 2013

FACES of the day: Hindu devotees figure in a religious procession dedicated to Goddess Mutthumariamman in Bandel, about 55 kilometers (34 miles) from Kolkata, India, Friday, April 5, 2013. During the procession, ritualistic acts of inflicting pain on oneself are performed as an act of penance with the belief that it will prevent diseases and for the well-being of the families of devotees. An apple a day might keep the doctor away, but a string of lemons hooked to your chest is better…

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A Hindu woman devotee, cheeks pierced with a metal rod, participates in a religious procession dedicated to Goddess Mutthumariamman in Bandel, about 55 kilometers (34 miles) from Kolkata, India, Friday, April 5, 2013. The ritualistic acts of inflicting pain on oneself are performed as an act of penance with the belief that it will prevent diseases and for the well-being of the families of devotees. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)



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