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Eunuchs’ festival in Tamil Nadu

Eunuchs from all over India gather in this village to re-enact a story adopted from Mahabharata, in which they symbolically marry Aravan, believed to be the patron god of transgender communities.

Eunuchs dress up during the annual eunuch festival in Koovagam, in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday.
Eunuchs from all over India gather in this village to re-enact a story adopted from Mahabharata, in which they symbolically marry Aravan, believed to be the patron god of transgender communities. (AP)

A eunuch looks at holy strings displayed at a temple premise during the annual eunuch festival in Koovagam. (AP)

Eunuchs show their holy strings after the marriage ceremony during the annual eunuch festival. (AP)

A eunuch crawls beneath a barricade to jump a queue of worshipers at a temple. (AP)

Eunuchs dress up during the annual eunuch festival in Koovagam. (AP)

A temple priest ties a holy string around the neck of a eunuch as a ritual signifying marriage to warrior-god Aravan in Koovagam. (AP)