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A potter collects dried earthen lamps, being prepared for the upcoming Diwali festival in Prayagraj.

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A potter makes earthen lamps ahead of Diwali festival in prayagraj. People buy earthen lamps to decorate their homes during Diwali, the annual festival of lights which will be celebrated on Oct 27.

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A woman with floral designs on her blouse offers prayers during Karwa Chauth festival, in Prayagraj.

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A policeman charges a student during a protest by Allahabad Central University students against Students Council Poll, in Prayagraj.

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Policemen baton charge at agitating students of Allahabad Central University who were protesting against the withdrawal of the concept of student union and replacing it with body of ‘Student Council’, in Prayagraj.

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Married Bengali women smear vermilion on each other during 'Sindoor Khela' on Vijayadashmi festival in Prayagraj.

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Vehicles ply on a waterlogged road following heavy rains in Prayagraj.

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Devotees perform 'Tarpan' for the salvation of their ancestors at the banks of River Ganga on the occasion of Pitru Moksha Amavasya in Prayagraj.

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A motorcyclist rides past parked ambulances during a two-day statewide strike by a group of contractual staff running ambulance service, in Prayagraj.

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Floodwaters surround the areas by the River Ganges in Prayagraj. Heavy monsoon rains have raised the water level of the Ganges River above the danger level, triggering evacuation of thousands of people from flooded homes around the area.

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Floodwaters surround the houses by the River Ganges in Prayagraj. Heavy monsoon rains have raised the water level of the Ganges River above the danger level, triggering evacuation of thousands of people from flooded homes around the area.

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Flood-affected villagers being served food at a flood relief camp, in Prayagraj. Heavy monsoon rains have raised the water level of the Ganges River above the danger level, triggering evacuation of thousands of people from flooded homes around the area.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath distributes relief material among the flood-affected people at a makeshift relief camp in a school, in Prayagraj.

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Residents try to cross a flooded street following heavy rains, in Prayagraj. Five districts of Uttar Pradesh are facing flood-like situation after the continuous rise of water level in the Ganga, Yamuna, Betwa, Chambal, Ghagra and Sharda rivers.

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A resident tries to move to first floor from the inundated ground floor in flood-hit Salori area in Prayagraj.

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Residents use a boat to move across a flood-hit colony, at Salori in Prayagraj.

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People look on from their houses surrounded by flood waters in Prayagraj.

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People move in a country boat past houses surrounded by flood waters in Prayagraj. Heavy monsoon rains have raised the water level of the Ganges River above the danger level, triggering evacuation of thousands of people from flooded homes around the area.

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National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel rescue childrenfrom flood-affected areas following heavy rains at Chhota Baghara, in Prayagraj.

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A view of buildings submerged in flood waters following heavy monsoon rainfall, at Salori area in Prayagraj.

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Yougsters swim through the flood waters of River Ganga in Prayagraj.

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Devotee dry their clothes after taking a dip at Sangam, the confluence of rivers the Ganges and the Yamuna in Prayagraj.

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Devotees chant religious songs during a procession on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami festival in Prayagraj.

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People walk through a flooded road in Prayagraj.

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A view of Bade Hanuman temple which is partially submerged under flood waters of River Ganga, in Prayagraj.

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Students of Allahabad Central University shave their heads during a protest demanding students union election, at university campus in Prayagraj.

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Cattle rescued from the flood-affected areas are being released on the banks of a river, in Prayagraj.

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Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit's son Sandeep Dikshit immerses the ashes of his mother in River Ganges at Sangam in Prayagraj.

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Devotees take a dip in the floodwater near Bade Hanuman Ji temple, in Prayagraj (Allahabad).

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Devotees take a dip in the floodwater near Bade Hanuman Ji temple, in Prayagraj (Allahabad).

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A herd of cattle seen stranded on a partially submerged road along the banks of a river, in Prayagraj.

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A view of Dashashwamedh police station partially submerged under floodedwaters of River Ganga in Prayagraj (Allahabad).

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Flood affected residents of a low lying area on the banks of the River Ganges move to a safer place, in Prayagraj.

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Flood affected residents of a low lying area on the banks of the River Ganges carry their belongings through floodwaters as they move to a safer place, in Prayagraj.

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A view of the flooded banks of the Ganges and the Yamuna rivers, near Sangam in Prayagraj.

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Devotees walk through the flood water in front of Bade Haumanji Temple near Sangam, confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers, in Prayagraj.

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Devotees and others in front of flooded Bade Haumanji Temple near Sangam, confluence of the Ganges, the Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers, in Prayagraj.

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Sisters of inmates stand in a queue as they wait for their turn to tie 'Rakhis' to their brothers during 'Raksha Bandhan' festival, outside Naini Central Prison in Prayagraj.

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Vehicles damaged after a wall of Allahabad Central University collapsed, in Prayagraj.

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Devotees perform 'Jalabhishek' of Lord Shiva on the second Somwar (Monday) of the holy month of Shravan, at a temple in Prayagraj.

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Devotees of Lord Shiva collect water from river Ganges for their walk towards Kashi Vishwanath Temple during the holy month of Shravan, in Prayagraj (Allahabad).

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Hindu devotees with religious symbols painted on their heads leave for Amarnath Yatra on the first day of the holy month of Shravan, at a railway station in Prayagraj (Allahabad).

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Police and Rapid Action Force (RAF) outside the premises of former MP Ateeq Ahmad, where CBI is carrying out searches, in Prayagraj. Ahmad has been booked in a case of alleged assault and abduction of businessman Mohit Jaiswal.

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BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra's daughter Sakshi Mishra and her husband Ajitesh who filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court, seeking protection to "live a peaceful life" as a married couple, in Prayagraj.

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Nursing students display placards as they take part in an awareness rally on the occasion of World Population Day in Prayagraj.

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Commuters wade through a waterlogged street following heavy Monsoon rainfall, in Prayagraj.

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Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maury and others pull a chariot carrying the idol of Lord Jagannath during the annual Rath Yatra, in Prayagraj (Allahabad).

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People perform yoga during International Yoga Day in Prayagraj.

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People perform yoga during International Yoga Day in Prayagraj.

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People perform yoga during International Yoga Day in Prayagraj.

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Devotees take holy dip in the river Ganga on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra festival at Sangam, in Prayagraj.

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Devotees take holy dip in the river Ganga on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra festival at Sangam, in Prayagraj.

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A man drinks water on a hot, summer day, in Prayagraj.

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Muslims offer prayers on the last Friday of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the Vasi Ullah Mosque in Prayagraj.

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Party workers monitor CCTV camera feed of a vote counting center in Prayagraj.

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Congress party workers pay tribute to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 28th death anniversary, at historical Anand Bhawan in Prayagraj.

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Devotees offer prayers on the occasions of Jyeshth Bada Mangal at Bade Hanuman Ji temple near Sangam, in Prayagraj.

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People watch live telecast of Lok Sabha elections exit poll results 2019 in Prayagraj (Allahabad).

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A security jawan stands guard outside a strongroom where EVMs are kept after the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Prayagraj (Allahabad).

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A woman displays indelible mark on her finger after casting vote standing next to a mural depicting a scene from the Hindu epic Mahabharata in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.

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Ganesh Prasad, a 74 year old who fell unconscious while waiting in queue to cast his vote is carried away in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh state.

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A policeman collects arms from a police line distribution centre ahead of the sixth phase of Lok Sabha polls, in Prayagraj (Allahabad).

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Samajwadi Party leaders Dimple Yadav, Dharmendra Yadav and Jaya Bachchan during an election campaign roadshow for the Lok Sabha elections, in Prayagraj (Allahabad).

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A supporter of BJP displays his haircut during an election campaign rally by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Prayagraj.

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Pilgrims return after taking a holy dip on a hot, summer day, in Prayagraj (Allahabad).

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Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar addresses an election rally for Lok Sabha polls, in Prayagraj (Allahabad).

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Clouds of smoke rises from the ground after a major fire broke out in a furniture shop at Katra market, in Prayagraj.

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Devotees perform morning rituals along the banks of the Ganges River on the first day of the nine-day Hindu festival of Navratri on the outskirts of Prayagraj.

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Women march with holy books on their heads to celebrate the new year from Hindi calendar on the first day of the nine-day Hindu festival of Navratri at Prayagraj.

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A woman devotee performs morning rituals along the banks of the Ganges River on the first day of the nine-day festival of Navratri on the outskirts of Prayagraj, in Uttar Pradesh.

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Uttar Pradesh Congress Chief Raj Babbar, senior party leaders MP'S Madhusudan Mistry, Nirmal Khatri, Pradeep Kumar Jain and Pramod Tiwari arrive to appear before a special court in connection with a case filed against them, in Prayagraj (Allahabad).

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Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentary candidate Rita Bahuguna Joshi arrives to appear before a special court in connection with a case filed against her, in Prayagraj (Allahabad).

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Transgender Naresh Jaiswal before filing her nomination as an independent candidate from Ahmedabad (East) constituency for Lok Sabha Elections, in Ahmedabad.

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Applicants take part in a Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) group GD Physical Efficiency Test at an examination centre ground, in Prayagraj.

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Revelers dance as colored powder and confetti are showered on them during celebrations to mark Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Prayagraj.

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Revellers dance as they celebrate the festival of holi, in Prayagraj.

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BJP supporter wears a mask of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during holi festival celebration, in Allahabad.

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People play with colored water during Holi festivities in Allahabad.

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Revelers, faces smeared with colored powder, dance during celebrations to mark Holi, the festival of colors in Allahabad.

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Revelers, faces smeared with colored powder, dance during celebrations to mark Holi, the festival of colors in Allahabad.

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Members of Muslim and Hindu communities celebrate 'Holi' festival in front of Jama Masjid, in Prayagraj.

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A man has colored powder thrown on his face during celebrations marking Holi, the festival of colors, in Allahabad.

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Women play with colored powder during celebrations marking Holi, the festival of colors, in Allahabad.

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A man has colored powder smeared on his face during celebrations marking Holi, the festival of colors, in Allahabad. Holi also marks the advent of spring season.

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Congress General Secretary and Eastern Uttar Pradesh incharge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra interacts with villagers during her party's campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in UP, at Sirsa village in Prayagraj.

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Congress General Secretary UP-East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra arrives at Bade Hanuman temple in Prayagraj.

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Congress party General Secretary and eastern Uttar Pradesh state in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, right, prays at the Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, in Prayagraj.

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Congress party General Secretary and eastern Uttar Pradesh state in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, center, takes a boat ride to the Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, in Prayagraj.

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Congress party General Secretary and eastern Uttar Pradesh state in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra drinks Ganges river water after praying at the Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, in Prayagraj. Gandhi kicked off her election campaign with a three day Ganges river ride to Varanasi.

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Congress General Secretary and eastern Uttar Pradesh in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra holds a portrait of her father, former prime minster Rajiv Gandhi as she starts her party's campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in UP, from Manaiya Ghat in Kachnar tehsil of Prayagraj.

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Congress General Secretary and Eastern Uttar Pradesh incharge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra interacts with students during 'Boat pe Charcha' during her party's campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in UP, in Prayagraj.

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Congress General Secretary and eastern Uttar Pradesh in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra starts her party's campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, from Manaiya Ghat in Kachnar tehsil of Prayagraj.

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Congress General Secretary UP-East Priyanka Gandhi Vadra comes out after offering prayer at Bade Hanuman temple, in Prayagraj.

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Students play with colours ahead of Holi festival, in Prayagraj.

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Allahabad Central University students create a sand sculpture to raise awareness about voting rights ahead of General elections 2019, in Prayagraj. Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and will be held over seven phases followed by counting of votes on May 23.

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Gosh! We thought these two are getting married as a runaway couple! But no, Ranbir and Alia are merely ‘launching’ their film Brahmastra at the Kumbh Mela. A further gimmick: 150 drones spelt out the name on the night sky. Shouldn’t sadhus protest?

A devotee places a burning camphor on his tongue as he participates in a Shiv Baraat procession on the occasion of 'Maha Shivratari' festival, in Allahabad.

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Samajwadi Party workers stop Ganga-Gomati Express during their Bharat Bandh protest, in Prayagraj.

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Acharya Mahamandaleshwar of Kinnar Akhara Laxmi Narayan Tripathi during the 'Abhar Yatra' procession after Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj.

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A devotee holds a skull and a bone as he dances during a procession to mark Mahashivratri festival in Prayagraj.

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