15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
A painful celebration
I captured the photograph from a interior village of West Bengal during Charak festival . Charak Puja (also known as Nil Puja) is a Hindu folk festival. This is actually a festival to satisfy "Lord Shiva”. The preparation phase usually starts before one month of the day. After end of one month ritual devotees took vow for sacrificing their body with a painful celebration to satisfy “Lord Shiva”. Here the person vow was piercing the iron pins into his body and get a big pain.
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||Nov. 29, 2017, noon