Body-pierced devotees celebrate Panguni Uthiram festival

Updated On Apr 10, 2017 09:20 AM IST
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An Indian Hindu devotee, his body pierced with metal skewers, takes part in a procession to mark the Panguni Uthiram festival in Chennai on April 9, 2017. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 10, 2017 09:20 AM IST

An Indian Hindu devotee, his body pierced with metal skewers, takes part in a procession to mark the Panguni Uthiram festival in Chennai on April 9, 2017. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

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The festival is observed in the Tamil month of Panguni and is celebrated to honour the Hindu God Murugan. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 10, 2017 09:20 AM IST

The festival is observed in the Tamil month of Panguni and is celebrated to honour the Hindu God Murugan. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

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The festival is observed in the Tamil month of Panguni and is celebrated in honor of Hindu god Murugan where devotees make offerings to lord Murugan with sacrificial feats which they believe keeps them away from evil spirits. (Ajit Solanki / AP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 10, 2017 09:20 AM IST

The festival is observed in the Tamil month of Panguni and is celebrated in honor of Hindu god Murugan where devotees make offerings to lord Murugan with sacrificial feats which they believe keeps them away from evil spirits. (Ajit Solanki / AP)

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Hindu devotees taking part in a procession during the festival of Panguni Uthiram in Ahmedabad on Sunday. (PTI) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Hindu devotees taking part in a procession during the festival of Panguni Uthiram in Ahmedabad on Sunday. (PTI)

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A Devotee pierced his mouth with iron rod as an offering on the occasion of Panguni Uthiram at Mallandur near Chikmagalur in Karnataka. (PTI) View Photos in a new improved layout
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A Devotee pierced his mouth with iron rod as an offering on the occasion of Panguni Uthiram at Mallandur near Chikmagalur in Karnataka. (PTI)

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Devotees make offerings through sacrificial feats they believe will keep them away from evil spirits. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Devotees make offerings through sacrificial feats they believe will keep them away from evil spirits. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

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Devotees playing instruments during the annual Panguni celebrations of the Mylapore Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple when a chariot carrying the idol of Lord Shiva is taken out, in Chennai on Saturday. (PTI) View Photos in a new improved layout
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Devotees playing instruments during the annual Panguni celebrations of the Mylapore Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple when a chariot carrying the idol of Lord Shiva is taken out, in Chennai on Saturday. (PTI)

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An Indian child has his cheeks pierced with a metal skewer as he takes part in a procession to mark the Panguni Uthiram festival in Chennai. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 10, 2017 09:20 AM IST

An Indian child has his cheeks pierced with a metal skewer as he takes part in a procession to mark the Panguni Uthiram festival in Chennai. (ARUN SANKAR / AFP)

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Devotees performing during the annual Panguni celebrations of the Mylapore Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple when a chariot carrying the idol of Lord Shiva is taken out. (PTI) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 10, 2017 09:20 AM IST

Devotees performing during the annual Panguni celebrations of the Mylapore Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple when a chariot carrying the idol of Lord Shiva is taken out. (PTI)

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Indian Tamil Hindu devotees participate in a religious procession during Panguni Uthiram festival. (Ajit Solanki / AP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 10, 2017 09:20 AM IST

Indian Tamil Hindu devotees participate in a religious procession during Panguni Uthiram festival. (Ajit Solanki / AP)

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Devotees pull the chariot carrying the idol of Lord Shiva as part of the annual Panguni celebrations of the Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple, in Chennai. (PTI) View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Apr 10, 2017 09:20 AM IST

Devotees pull the chariot carrying the idol of Lord Shiva as part of the annual Panguni celebrations of the Sri Kapaleeswarar Temple, in Chennai. (PTI)

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