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An idol of warrior god Aravan is kept in a chariot during the annual eunuch festival at Koovagam village

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An idol of warrior god Aravan is kept in a chariot during the annual eunuch festival at Koovagam village, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Transgenders and transvestites gather in the village every year to participate in the re-enactment of the tale of Indian epic Mahabharata, in which they play the bride of Aravan and later mourn his death through ritualistic dances. Read more