17 Oct '11, 4am

Pictures: Firewalking Festival at Sri Mariamman Temple

Pictures: Firewalking Festival at Sri Mariamman Temple

About 4,000 devotees took part in the annual Firewalking Festival, also known as Thimithi, at the Sri Mariamman Temple in South Bridge Road on Sunday.-- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN Braving the heat of a 4m-long fire pit of smouldering coal and sandalwood barefooted, about 4,000 devotees took part in the annual Firewalking Festival, also known as Thimithi, at the Sri Mariamman Temple in South Bridge Road on Sunday. The Hindu festival, which originated from Tamil Nadu, south India, is held in honour of the goddess Draupadi Amman, and is an expression of faith and penance. Devotees fast for up to a month before the festival, taking vegetarian meals and giving up comforts such as footwear and beds to prepare themselves for the event. The festival attracted thousands, including supporters of the devotees and tourists. Photo gallery Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powere...

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