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Devaragattu Temple-

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An ancient temple situated in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh is famous for the Bani festival, located on the border of Karnataka, every year on Dussehra, devotees from both states gather with sticks, called lathis and hit each other on the heads till midnight. Commemorating the slaying of a demon by Mala- Malleswara or Lord Shiva, these men are drenched in blood but keep celebrating. This 100-year-old festival was earlier celebrated with axes and spears but since 2014, lathis are in use.

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