Spectacular images have captured the celebrations of Charak Puja, a Hindu folk festival held in southern Bangladesh and West Bengal.
Celebrated on the last day of the last month in the Nepali calendar, people believe the festival will eliminate the sorrow and sufferings of the previous year and carry prosperity into the next.
In this festival a human ‘Charak’ is made to satisfy the Lord Shiva. The ‘Charak’ is tied with a hook on his back and then he is moved around a bar with a long rope.
The priests are able to pierce sharp hooks at the bodies of participants with very little cut or injury
The tradition behind Charak Puja is worshipping the Charak tree. Several acts of penance are performed by Charak Sanyasis around and on the tree on 14th April every year. This includes inserting hooks through devotees back.
Amazingly, the priests are able to pierce sharp hooks at the bodies of participants with very little cut or injury.