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Piercing lemons for faith

The man was getting lemons pierced onto his body. Supported by his wife, daughter and a helper, I was told that 201 lemons in total will be affixed to the man's body. It was a ritual that they were doing to worship and appease the goddess Kali on the day of Angalamman Festival.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2015
Date Uploaded: 11.2015
Photo Location: Kaverippattanam, India
Camera: NIKON D800
Copyright: © Aashit Desai