Pilgrims pierce bodies and walk over hot coals celebrating Thaipusam in India (GRAPHIC)

Thousands of Hindus had their bodies pierced and walked over hot coals, among other acts of worship, at the #Thaipusam Festival in #India’s #Chennai, Monday, The faithful had long skewers stuck through their flesh while in a meditative state. Pilgrims dressed in yellow carried offerings of milk pots.

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Hindus mark Thaipusam festival in Malaysia

Malaysian Hindu devotee Kumaraguru Kunalan hauled a wooden pole with metal pots hanging from either side up to a temple carved into a hillside as drumming and incense smoke filled the air. Kumaraguru, who also had a steel skewer pierced through his tongue, was among the huge crowd of ethnic Indians marking Thaipusam at a complex of temples outside Kuala Lumpur.

Acts of devotion: Thaipusam worshipers have body piercings & walk on hot coals (GRAPHIC)

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Thousands of worshipers showed their devotion during the Thaipusam Festival in Chennai by having their bodies pierced and walking over hot coals, among other acts of worship.

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