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Damsel in a dress! Thousands of men doll up for Hindu festival in Kerala01:45

Damsel in a dress! Thousands of men doll up for Hindu festival in Kerala

India, Chavara, Kerala
March 25, 2019 at 08:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of Indian men dressed as women flocked to Chavara's Kottankulangara Devi Temple in Kerala on Sunday, for the final days of the famed Chamayavilakku festival.

Men wearing sarees, garlands and elaborate make-up took part in the ritual at the Hindu temple sacred to the goddess Durga Bhagavathy.

The festival participants walked around the temple, offering prayers to the presiding deity while holding traditional lamps with five wicks.

The Chamayavilakku ritual takes place on the final two days of the 19-day-long festival.

The annual festival is reportedly host to the largest congregation of Kerala's transgender community.

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Thousands of Indian men dressed as women flocked to Chavara's Kottankulangara Devi Temple in Kerala on Sunday, for the final days of the famed Chamayavilakku festival.

Men wearing sarees, garlands and elaborate make-up took part in the ritual at the Hindu temple sacred to the goddess Durga Bhagavathy.

The festival participants walked around the temple, offering prayers to the presiding deity while holding traditional lamps with five wicks.

The Chamayavilakku ritual takes place on the final two days of the 19-day-long festival.

The annual festival is reportedly host to the largest congregation of Kerala's transgender community.

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