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A devotee walks up the 272 steps to the entrance of the Batu Caves during the Thaipusam procession on January 27, 2013 in Batu Caves, Malaysia.

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Devotees chant and pray before taking part in the Thaipusam procession in Singapore

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A man throws flowers over Kavadi's during preparations prior to the start of the Thaipusam procession.

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A devotee has his body pierced with hooks before taking part in the Thaipusam procession at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple on February 7, 2012 in Singapore.

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A devotee pulls his procession burden connected by hooks pierced in his back during the Thaipusam procession at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple

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A devotee runs through his ritual before taking part in the Thaipusam procession

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Women carry milk pots on their heads as they start their Thaipusam procession at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Singapore.

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A woman has her cheeks and tongue pierced before taking part in the Thaipusam procession

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A devotee froths at the mouth while in a trance-like state after completing his Thaipusam procession on January 27, 2013 in Batu Caves, Malaysia.

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A young man has hooks pierced into his back during preparations prior to the start of the Thaipusam procession

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A group of men chant and pray prior to taking part in the Thaipusam procession.

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A devotee has his cheeks pierced prior to taking part in the Thaipusam procession

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Devotees pass on blessing inside the Batu Caves during the Thaipusam procession on January 27, 2013 in Batu Caves, Malaysia.

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People watch on as a devotee has his back pierced with large hooks before taking part in the Thaipusam procession.

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Men prepare to take part in the Thaipusam procession.

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A devotee has his body pierced with hooks prior to the start of the Thaipusam procession

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A devotees body is pierced and decorated prior to taking part in the Thaipusam procession

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Thousands of devotees pack the Batu Caves at the end of their Thaipusam procession on January 27, 2013 in Batu Caves, Malaysia.

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Devotees pray and give offerings prior to taking part in the Thaipusam procession at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple.

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A devotee has his body pierced with hooks before taking part in the Thaipusam procession at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple

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A devotee waits to take part in the Thaipusam procession at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple

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A woman prays before taking part in the Thaipusam procession

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Devotees carrying heavy pots of milk make their way through the entrance of the Batu Caves during the Thaipusam procession on January 27, 2013 in Batu Caves, Malaysia.

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A devotee lays on the ground after passing out inside the Batu Caves during the Thaipusam procession on January 27, 2013 in Batu Caves, Malaysia.

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A devotee whips himself with a rope inside the Batu Caves during the Thaipusam procession on January 27, 2013 in Batu Caves, Malaysia.

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A devotee pulls his procession burden connected by hooks pierced in his back during the Thaipusam procession at Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple

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Hindu devotees make their way up the 272 steps to the entrance of the Batu Caves during the Thaipusam procession on January 27, 2013 in Batu Caves, Malaysia.

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A man looks up at the inside of the Batu Caves during the Thaipusam procession on January 27, 2013 in Batu Caves, Malaysia.

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