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Painful penance

, April 29, 2013

A Hindu devotee with his back pierced pulls a car as he takes part in an annual religious procession called Shitla Mata in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad April 29. Hindu devotees subject themselves to painful rituals during the religious procession to demonstrate their faith and as a penance to the deity at a temple dedicated to the goddess Shitla. - Reuters/Amit Dave




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