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  • Hindu devotees carry their babies as they hang using hooks pierced through their back from poles that are rotated as part of a ritual during Aadi' celebrations in Chennai, India, Sunday, July 28, 2013. Aadi' is considered a holy month by Tamils and is observed with prayers and offerings to Hindu goddess Durga. (AP Photo)
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    Hindu devotees carry their babies as they hang using hooks pierced through their back from poles that are rotated as part of a ritual during Aadi' celebrations in Chennai, India, Sunday, July 28, 2013. Aadi' is considered a holy month by Tamils and is observed with prayers and offerings to Hindu goddess Durga. (AP Photo)

  • An Indian Hindu devotee gets steel hooks pierced through his back as part of a ritual during an annual pilgrimage to the temple of Hindu goddess Sheetla Mata in Jammu, India, Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo)
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    An Indian Hindu devotee gets steel hooks pierced through his back as part of a ritual during an annual pilgrimage to the temple of Hindu goddess Sheetla Mata in Jammu, India, Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo)

  • A devotee, with steel hooks pierced through his back, pulls a car during an annual pilgrimage to the temple of Hindu goddess Sheetla Mata in Jammu, India, Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo)
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    A devotee, with steel hooks pierced through his back, pulls a car during an annual pilgrimage to the temple of Hindu goddess Sheetla Mata in Jammu, India, Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo)

  • An Indian Hindu devotee stands with his cheeks pierced with a steel rod as part of a ritual during an annual pilgrimage to the temple of Hindu goddess Sheetla Mata in Jammu, India, Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo)
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    An Indian Hindu devotee stands with his cheeks pierced with a steel rod as part of a ritual during an annual pilgrimage to the temple of Hindu goddess Sheetla Mata in Jammu, India, Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo)

  • An Indian Hindu devotee reacts in pain as he gets his cheeks pierced with a steel rod as part of a ritual during an annual pilgrimage to the temple of Hindu goddess Sheetla Mata in Jammu, India, Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo)
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    An Indian Hindu devotee reacts in pain as he gets his cheeks pierced with a steel rod as part of a ritual during an annual pilgrimage to the temple of Hindu goddess Sheetla Mata in Jammu, India, Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo)

  • An Indian Hindu devotee gets lemons attached to his body with needles as part of a ritual during an annual pilgrimage to the temple of Hindu goddess Sheetla Mata in Jammu, India, Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo)
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    An Indian Hindu devotee gets lemons attached to his body with needles as part of a ritual during an annual pilgrimage to the temple of Hindu goddess Sheetla Mata in Jammu, India, Sunday, July 28, 2013. (AP Photo)

  • An Indian man dances balancing on his head a decorated pot filled with cooked rice as an offering for the goddess during the Bonalu festival in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, July 28, 2013. Bonalu is a Hindu folk festival of the Telangana region in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. (AP Photo)
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    An Indian man dances balancing on his head a decorated pot filled with cooked rice as an offering for the goddess during the Bonalu festival in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, July 28, 2013. Bonalu is a Hindu folk festival of the Telangana region in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. (AP Photo)

  • An Indian man performs during the Bonalu festival in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, July 28, 2013. Bonalu is a Hindu folk festival of the Telangana region in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. (AP Photo)
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    An Indian man performs during the Bonalu festival in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, July 28, 2013. Bonalu is a Hindu folk festival of the Telangana region in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. (AP Photo)

  • A Hindu devotee reacts in pain as he gets his cheeks pierced with a steel rod as part of a ritual during Aadi' celebrations in Chennai, India, Sunday, July 28, 2013. Aadi' is considered a holy month by Tamils and is observed with prayers and offerings to Hindu goddess Durga. (AP Photo)
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    A Hindu devotee reacts in pain as he gets his cheeks pierced with a steel rod as part of a ritual during Aadi' celebrations in Chennai, India, Sunday, July 28, 2013. Aadi' is considered a holy month by Tamils and is observed with prayers and offerings to Hindu goddess Durga. (AP Photo)

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