Image: Guillaume Megevand
The body piercing rituals can be quite exhaust-ing.
Strange and unusual body piercings are just one facet of the nine-day festival, which also includes other forms of self-harm, firewalking, firecrackers, street stalls, temple offerings, and processions. The sights and sounds can be overwhelming, as both participants and onlookers crowd the streets. As Megevand says, this is not a place for “sensitive souls”.