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worshipping Goddess Marriyamman

By Ananda
" The traditional fest of worshipping South Indian goddess Marriyamman in all its crudeness.
The amazing display of medieval methods of self-torture and suffering to appease the goddess and to bring upon good is common practice. The ritual is to offer a sacrificial vow to the goddess Marriyamman that is to be executed on the day of the procession. Devotees pierce their bodies with needles, tridents and rods, and walk over burning charcoal and humidity levels as high as 95% in a long journey over melted asphalt in bare foot in soaring temperatures of 39 degrees, to give test of their endurance, through which they believe they can reach closer to the goddess. Others gather their part of the blessings by touching the feet of the possessed or even by lying beneath their feet. A specially made ash called the ‘bibhuti’ is applied to the pierced parts which is believed to be a supernatural healer and is the only medication used in the ritual."-Text by -Sudipto Das.

Tags: India Spiritual Rituals Portraits and people Sacrificial vow

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tuhin 15
29 May 2011 4:33PM
Great shot.

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