Indian devotees endure pain for Gajan festival

During Shiva Gajan, Hindu devotees believe that by enduring pain, Lord Shiva, the god of destruction, will grant them what they pray for.

A devotee is carried past spectators as he lies on a bed of nails, at a village in Agartala, the capital of India's north-eastern state of Tripura, on April 14.

Thousands take part in the month-long festival every year, which culminates in the worship of Shiva on the auspicious day of Chaitra Sankranti, the last day of the Bengali calendar.

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