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a religious man with pins piercing his face in Bengal, India
May 16, 2015

Piercing Faith

A believer pierces his face during the Hindu festival of Charak Puja in West Bengal, India. “The rituals of Charak Puja, a way to show the miracle of God, are unique and, at times, a little risky,” writes Avishek Das, who shared this photo on Your Shot. For Das, getting such a shot had its difficulties. “People are in a hurry to complete the exercise soon, and huge mass gatherings are there,” he writes.

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Photograph by Avishek Das, National Geographic Your Shot

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