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Hindu devotees whip themselves to please rain goddess in southern India

Published: December 5, 2018

STORY: Scores of people in India’s southern Coimbatore city participated in a procession for the traditional whipping festival on Tuesday (December 04).

The festival is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess of rain, Adaikala Amman, who is believed to have arrived from Thanjavur to Coimbatore, around 300 years ago.

During the festival, devotees hold fast for eight days during which they whip themselves and dance to the beats of the drums and other traditional musical instruments. The traditional is held during the months of November-December, said a devotee.

The festival and especially the drum beats usually attract many spectators from nearby region.




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