Devotees in Nepal Cover Themselves in Cow Dung to Celebrate Hindu Festival.

In a unique celebration of Hindu festival of Dussehra, devotees in Bhaktapur city of Nepal put a thick layer of cow dung on themselves and lit lamps and candles on them, as they thanked God for answering their prayers, Friday, October 15.

Devotees were seen lying under a layer of cow dung or sitting with it on their hands and head as others lit candles on it to mark the occasion of “Vijaya Dashami” (Hindu festival Dashain).

It is a belief that placing three, five, seven, 18 or 108 lit oil lamps on themselves brings good luck and helps them get rid of their sins.

Devotees lie for as long as six hours with their relatives beside them during the ritual.

(Reuters)

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