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Hindu worshippers hang themselves from HOOKS and pierce their skin with metal rods as they take part in the folk festival

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.

A devotee is preparing to hang on a rope attached to the hooks in his back and then swing around the Charak tree (above)The tradition behind Charak Puja is worshipping the Charak treeThe Charak tree stands around 30 to 40 feet tall and has no roots or branchesA participant has the hooks removed from his back (above) after participating in the Charak PujaPeople believe the festival will eliminate the sorrow and sufferings of the previous year and carry prosperity into the nextThe priests are able to pierce sharp hooks at the bodies of participants with very little cut or injury 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.

Source: Dailymail.com

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