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An ethnic Tamil man lies on the ground having lost consciousness after a ritual release from his trance-like state, achieved at the climax to his pilgrimage for the Thaipusam festival.  The annual Tamil Hindu festival of penance and thanksgiving commemorates the birth of Hindu Lord Murugan and his triumph over evil. Pilgrims engage in various acts of devotion such as carrying burdens, flagellation and body piercing as they take part in a 15-kilometre procession to the Batu Caves. .