Priests solemnise the ceremony. . .
Devotees prepare themselves for the penance by prayer, vegetarian diet and sometimes . . . 'a little bit of help from my friends', being a bonus. (I'm sure this ciggy is not a regular Benson & Hedges) With up-rolled eyes he inhales taking the next step towards his goal. . .
A woman in a trance-like state emerges seemingly in a festive mood but definitely in her own world. With eyes rolling and tongue protruding out she carries her pot of milk, surprisingly not spilling a drop!
It would seem that those on the quest hold a lofty position and blessings from such individuals are sought after.
With correct preparation and faith, a sense of peace envelops the devotees as they submit themselves to a higher presence and in a meditative state they carry out their pledges.
The moment over and the task achieved, devotees descend and slip back to this world, proud and happy.