Devotees hurl balls of fire at each other to mark Agni Kheli in southern India

Hundreds of devotees hurled flaming bundles of sticks at each other in southern India's Karnataka on Friday April 22 as part of a fire ritual called Thoothedhara or Agni Kheli. The terrifying tradition took place in the town of Kateel. The devotees were divided into two groups, who threw the flaming wood at each other. The men performed the ritual enthusiastically while the crowd cheered them on. It is an age-old tradition followed by devotees of the Durgaparameshwari Temple. However, the tradition is restricted to people of Kateel town. The devotees fast for eight days of the festival and refrain from consuming meat and alcohol.

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