Indians pelt each other with cow dung to mark Marathi Hindu New Year

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Residents of Kairuppala village in the southeatern state of Andhra Pradesh celebrated the first day of the Marathi Hindu New Year by hurling balls of cow dung at each other on Thursday. The annual fighting ritual is a symbolic war which occurs over a mythological marriage dispute between Goddess Bhadrakali and Lord Veerabhadraswamy.

Despite the fact that several injuries are reported every year, participants believe that the practice brings health and prosperity to the village.