India: Hundreds of Hindus battle with fire to celebrate Agni Keli festival

Hundreds of devotees gathered to celebrate Agni Keli, also known as the ‘Fire Fight’ in Kateel, in the Mangalore District on Sunday, by throwing burning palm fronds at one another in order to appease Hindu goddess Durga. The annual eight-day celebration takes place every April. Devotees split into two groups and face off from a distance of around 10 to 15 metres (33 to 50 feet). The fiery... Еще action attracts thousands of spectators, who watch as the torch-wielding men try to set each other ablaze.

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