Dieter Telemans

Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA

Before and after portraits of a family who had their heads shaved at Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam Hindu temple, where pilgrims are encouraged to surrender their hair to Lord Venkateswara. Dharma (left), his wife Kaultramma, his father-in-law Shettya and his son Rajesh came to thank the Lord for the birth of Rajesh.
It is traditional for Hindus to have their heads shaved at a temple at least once in a lifetime. At Tirumala, the hair offered to the gods has been turned into a source of income. Last year, the temple earned US$ 5.6m by selling hair, much of which will have ended up being sold as hair extensions in the West.

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Dieter Telemans
Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh
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47.88 x 32.7 cm (300 dpi)
18.85 x 12.87 inch (300 dpi)
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