Although it is to mark the harvest season, Makara Sankranti sees homo sapiens realign their relationships with animals they have lived with happily the previous few months.
In Mysore and countless other places (top), farmers force their bullocks walk through fire. In Tamil Nadu, taming the bull (jallikattu) is a Pongal ritual that has gone up all the way to the Supreme Court. And, in places like Yadgir in northern Karnataka (below), devotees throw, as in throw, during a procession.
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Photographs: Karnataka Photo News
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