Thaipusam: The Annual Hindu Festival In Malaysia

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Hindu devotees go into a trance before starting their pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 2, 2015. Thousands of Hindus participate in the annual Hindu festival in which devotees subject themselves to painful rituals in a demonstration of faith and self punishment. Hindus believe they are cleansed of all sins and their misdeeds can be redeemed by observing prayers during Thaipusam. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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A Hindu devotee carries a kavadi on his pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 2, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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Hindu devotees go into a trance before starting their pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 2, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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Hindu devotees say prayers before starting their pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 2, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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A Hindu devotee prays as she takes a ritual shower before starting her pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 2, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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Hindu devotees carry kavadis and pots of milk during their pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 2, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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A Hindu devotee reacts after his cheek is pierced before starting his pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 2, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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Hindu devotees prepare for their pilgrimage to Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 2, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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A family of Hindu devotees sing before starting their pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 2, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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Hindu devotees go into a trance before starting their pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 2, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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Hindu devotees go into a trance before starting their pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 2, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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A Hindu devotee is seen on her pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. Hindu devotees across Malaysia on Tuesday celebrated Thaipusam, a religious celebration dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Murugan. Piercing various parts of their body with silver skewers, devotees carry often large contraptions known as Kavadi, thereby taking on a physical burden through which the devotees implore for help from Murugan. Devotees also fulfill vows by carrying milk-filled pots up the stairs to the cave temple. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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A Hindu devotee dances while on his pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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Hindu devotees participate in a pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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A Hindu devotee pierced with bells is seen before his pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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A Hindu devotee has her tongue pierced before her pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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A Hindu devotee takes a ritual shower before starting her pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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A Hindu devotee pulls a chariot with hooks, which are pierced into his back, during his pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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A Hindu devotee dances during his pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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A Hindu devotee with hooks pierced into his back spins while making his pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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Hindu devotees climb steps while making their pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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Hindu devotees carry pots of milk on their heads while on their pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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A Hindu devotee carries a flaming pot while on her pilgrimage to the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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Hindu devotees gather at the shrine in Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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Hindu devotees climb the steps to Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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Hindu devotees watch a cock fight in the Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur February 3, 2015. (Photo by Olivia Harris/Reuters)

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A Hindu child gets his head shaven during the Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, February 3, 2015. (Photo by Joshua Paul/AP Photo)

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A Hindu devotee girl stands after getting her tongue pierced with a metal rod during the Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, February 3, 2015. Thaipusam, which is celebrated in honor of Hindu god Lord Murugan, is an annual procession by Hindu devotees seeking blessings, fulfilling vows and offering thanks. (Photo by Joshua Paul/AP Photo)

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A Hindu devotee has milk pots hooked on his body as he gets ready for his pilgrimage walk during the Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, February 3, 2015. (Photo by Joshua Paul/AP Photo)

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A Hindu devotee with milk pots hooked on his back before participating in a procession during the Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, February 3, 2015. (Photo by Joshua Paul/AP Photo)

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A Hindu devotee gets showered as part of a cleaning ritual before his pilgrimage during the Thaipusam festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, February 3, 2015. Thaipusam, which is celebrated in honor of Hindu god Lord Murugan, is an annual procession by Hindu devotees seeking blessings, fulfilling vows and offering thanks. (Photo by Joshua Paul/AP Photo)

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