12 meters high | Over a 1,000 babies take to the skies during Indian ritual

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    Each year, more than 1,000 newborn babies take to the skies during the ancient Thookkam ritual in southern #India. The babies are lifted 12 meters off the ground while being held in the arms of men tied to makeshift cranes. Once airborne, they go for a ride around the temple.

    Couples trying to conceive children visit this temple to pray for a blessing. If successful, they must enter their newborn babies into the ceremony the following year to repay and thank the gods. This dramatic ritual comes at the end of a 10-day long celebration.

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