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Women eat food without hands during Indian fertility ritual

India, Kottupakkam, Tamil Nadu
August 1, 2019 at 10:54 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of devotees flocked to the Paradesi Sithar Temple in the Indian village of Kottupakkam, Tamil Nadu State, on Wednesday to attend an Aadi Ammavasai festival and perform ancestral rituals.

Every year on the day of Aadi Ammavasai, the day of the New Moon in July, a large number of women join the festival to take part in a fertility ritual, where women line up to eat food from the floor. According to the tradition, women believe that if they eat food that was offered to the saints with tied hands they have a greater chance of conceiving.

Footage shows participants chanting and praying, as well as performing the sacred rituals. After participating in the ritual, the women take blessings from the saints and collect the food served to them.

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Thousands of devotees flocked to the Paradesi Sithar Temple in the Indian village of Kottupakkam, Tamil Nadu State, on Wednesday to attend an Aadi Ammavasai festival and perform ancestral rituals.

Every year on the day of Aadi Ammavasai, the day of the New Moon in July, a large number of women join the festival to take part in a fertility ritual, where women line up to eat food from the floor. According to the tradition, women believe that if they eat food that was offered to the saints with tied hands they have a greater chance of conceiving.

Footage shows participants chanting and praying, as well as performing the sacred rituals. After participating in the ritual, the women take blessings from the saints and collect the food served to them.

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