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Deserted view of Godowlia Crossing during weekend lockdown in the wake of rising covid-19 cases across the country in Varanasi.

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Police personnel march on the street of Varanasi during weekend lockdown imposed the in wake of rising Covid-19 cases across the country, in Varanasi.

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Sadhus seen walking on the banks of river Ganga during weekend lockdown imposed in wake of rising Covid-19 cases across the country, in Varanasi.

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A deserted view of Ganga ghat during weekend lockdown imposed in wake of rising Covid-19 cases across the country, in Varanasi.

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A deserted view of Ganga ghat during weekend lockdown imposed in wake of rising Covid-19 cases across the country, in Varanasi.

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View of Ganga ghat during a night curfew to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Varanasi.

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Devotees at Maa Durga temple to offer prayers, on the first day of Navratri festival, amid surge in Covid-19 cases across country, in Varanasi.

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Devotees perform morning rituals at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna, on the first day of Navratri festival at Prayagraj, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

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A devotee prays on the banks of Ganga river during sunrise, on the occasion of Hindu New Year, in Varanasi.

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Deserted Dashashwamedh Ghat during a night curfew due to surge in COVID-19 cases across the country, in Varanasi.

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Only one priest performs 'Ganga Aarti' in the view of the second wave of COVID-19, at a Ganga ghat, in Varanasi.

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Police Commissioner Satish Ganesh offers prayers at Kalbhairav Temple in Varanasi.

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Devotees celebrate 'Chita Bhasam' Holi, on the banks of Ganga river in Varanasi.

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Devotees smear each other with dry colours as they celebrate 'Chita Bhasam' Holi, on the banks of Ganga river in Varanasi.

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A devotee dressed as Lord Shiva participates in a religious procession, ahead of Holi festival in Varanasi.

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Bank employees raise slogans during a protest in support of the two-day nationwide strike, called by United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU), against the proposed privatisation of two state-owned lenders, in Varanasi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind being greeted by Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath on his arrival, in Varanasi.

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Devotees wait in queues to offer prayer at Kashi Vishwanath temple on the occasion of 'Maha Shivaratri' in Varanasi.

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Devotees perform 'Abhishekam' to Lord Shiva on the occasion of 'Maha Shivaratri' festival in Varanasi.

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Women hold earthen lamps as they recite the 'Shiva Tandava Stotra' on the banks of Ganga river, on the occasion of International Women's Day, at Assi Ghat in Varanasi.

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Residents take part in a cleanliness drive at Ganga ghats in Varanasi.

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BJP National President JP Nadda pays floral tributes to Pt Deendayal Upadhyay statue, at Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Smriti Sthal in Varanasi.

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BJP National President JP Nadda pays obeisance at Kashi Vishwanath Temple, during his visit to Varanasi.

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BJP National President JP Nadda during a meeting with party leaders in Varanasi.

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BJP National President JP Nadda pays obeisance at Baba Kaal Bhairav Temple, during his visit to Varanasi.

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BJP National President J P Nadda and UP CM Yogi Adityanath during the inaguration of new regional office in Varanasi.

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BJP National President J P Nada and UP CM Yogi Aditya Nath pay tribute to Syama Prasad Mukherjee during a meeting in Varanasi.

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Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi has langar after paying tribute on the occasion of Ravidas Jayanti, in Varanasi.

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Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi while paying tribute on the occasion of Ravidas Jayanti, in Varanasi.

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Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi while paying tribute on the occasion of Ravidas Jayanti, in Varanasi.

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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visits Sri Ravidas Janmsthan Mandir, in Varanasi.

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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra offers prayers at Sri Ravidas Janmsthan Mandir, in Varanasi.

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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra offers prayers at Sri Ravidas Janmsthan Mandir, in Varanasi.

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Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav visits Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi.

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Students of Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith flout COVID-19 guideline during university elections, amid coronavirus pandemic, in Varanasi.

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Devotees gather at Dashashwamedh Ghat to take a holy dip in Ganga river on the occasion of 'Mauni Amavasya', in Varanasi.

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Passengers wave from inside a coach of a new train, at the railway station in Varanasi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off eight trains connecting Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat with different regions of the country via video conferencing.

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Kashi-Kevadia Express after it was virtually inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Varanasi.

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People watch the live telecast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation on the launch of COVID -19 vaccination drive, at District Hospital in Varanasi.

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Devotees perform rituals on the bank of Ganga river during 'Makar Sankranti' festival celebration, in Varanasi.

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Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra General Secretary Champat Rai addresses the meeting of National Executive of All India Saints Committee, in Varanasi.

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People stand in a queue outside Kashi Vishwanath Temple on the first day of New Year 2021, in Varanasi.

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Priests perform 'Ganga Aarti' as people prepare to welcome the New Year 2021, in Varanasi.

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Police personnel during an inspection near Dashashwamedh Ghat after the authorities imposed section-144 on ghats of Ganga river, in view of New Year celebrations, in Varanasi.

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Students of Kashi Hindu University pose near a sand sculpture of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, made by them, on the eve of his birth anniversary, in Varanasi.

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UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reviews the work progress of Kashi Vishwanath corridor, in Varanasi.

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Activists take part in a candle light vigil and prayer meeting for farmers who have lost their lives during the ongoing protest against new agricultural laws, in Varanasi.

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A man feeds seagulls on the bank of Ganga river, during a cold morning, in Varanasi.

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Tourists participate in a boat ride on the Ganges river on a cold winter morning, in Varanasi.

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A flock of Seagulls flies over the bank of Ganga river, during a cold morning, in Varanasi.

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People row a boat on Ganga river during a foggy and cold morning, in Varanasi.

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Police personnel detain Samajwadi Party workers during their protest in support of farmers against the new farm laws, in Varanasi.

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Police personnel detain Samajwadi Party workers who were protesting at the district headquarters in support of ongoing farmers' agitation, in Varanasi.

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Locals gather as rescue works underway after a boat capsized in River Ganga near Tulsi Ghat in Varanasi.

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NDRF personnel carry out rescue works after a boat capsized in River Ganga near Tulsi Ghat in Varanasi.

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Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Ashutosh Sinha celebrates after emerging victorious in graduation MLC election, in Varanasi.

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Counting of votes for MLC elections in progress at Pahadia Mandi in Varanasi.

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In this file photo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi touches the feet of Shiromani Akali Dal President Parkash Singh Badal before his nomination filing ahead of the 2019 general elections, at collector's office in Varanasi. Badal on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, returned his Padma Vibhushan award in protest against the Centre's farm laws.

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A voter casts his vote at Bagli Tola school polling station for the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council elections, in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi participates in Dev Deepawali festival, in Varanasi. UP CM Yogi Adityanath is also seen.

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Illuminated Kashi Ghat during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit on the occasion of 'Dev Deepawali' festival, in Varanasi.

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Kedar Ghat decorated with earthen lamps on the occasion of 'Dev Deepawali' festival, in Varanasi.

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Sound and light show at the illuminated Kashi Ghats, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit on the occasion of 'Dev Deepawali' festival, in Varanasi.

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Sound and light show at the illuminated Kashi Ghats, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit on the occasion of 'Dev Deepawali' festival, in Varanasi.

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Sound and light show at the illuminated Kashi Ghats, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit on the occasion of 'Dev Deepawali' festival, in Varanasi.

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Sound and light show at the illuminated Kashi Ghats, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit on the occasion of 'Dev Deepawali' festival, in Varanasi.

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Sound and light show at the illuminated Kashi Ghats, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit on the occasion of 'Dev Deepawali' festival, in Varanasi.

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Priests perform 'aarti' on the occasion of 'Dev Deepawali' festival, at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi watches the light and sound show during Dev Deepawali festival, in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi watches the light and sound show during Dev Deepawali festival, in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi participates in Dev Deepawali festival, in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi participates in Dev Deepawali festival, in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Kashi Vishwanath Mandir and inspect the Kashi Vishwanath temple corridor project, in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Kashi Vishwanath Mandir and inspect the Kashi Vishwanath temple corridor project, in Varanasi.

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Ghats on the banks of River Ganga decorated with earthen lamps on the occasion of 'Dev Deepawali' festival, in Varanasi.

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Kedar Ghat decorated with earthen lamps on the occasion of 'Dev Deepawali' festival, in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the dedication of 6-lane Prayagraj-Varanasi section of NH-19, in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the inauguration of widened Prayagraj-Varanasi section of NH-19, in Varanasi. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is also seen.

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Security personnel carry out landmine detection during preparations, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to his parliamentary constituency on Monday, in Varanasi.

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Rehearsal of light and laser show along the banks of Ganga river, ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Varanasi.

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Security personnel take stock of the venue ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit on the occasion of Dev Deepawali, in Varanasi.

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A view of Ganga ghats ahead of the Dev Diwali festival, in Varanasi.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inspects preparedness, ahead of the two-day visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Varanasi.

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Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi along with Additional Chief Secretary (Information Department) Navneet Sehgal reviews the preparations ahead of the arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Dev Diwali, at Ganga Ghat in Varanasi.

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Devotees, flouting social distancing norms, offer prayers to the rising sun after taking bath in the River Ganga during 'Chhath Puja', in Varanasi.

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Devotees pray to the Sun God on the occasion of Chhath Puja at a Ganga ghat in Varanasi.

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UP Dy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya offers prayers at Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi.

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Devotees line up to offer prayers at Shri Sankat Mochan temple on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti and Diwali festival in Varanasi.

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BJP workers celebrate the NDA's victory in Bihar Assembly Elections and states' by-polls, outside party office in Varanasi.

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BJP worker celebrate the NDA's lead in Bihar Assembly elections and party's lead in UP Assembly bypolls, in Varanasi.

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Saga of Lord Buddha displayed at Dhamekha Stupa during sound and light show after it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through video conferencing, in Varanasi.

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People listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech as he inaugurates various projects throw a virtual conference, at the Trade Facilitation Centre, in Varanasi.

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Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath inspects development work at Kashi Vishwanath Temple, in Varanasi.

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Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath offer prayers at Kashi Vishwanath Temple, in Varanasi.

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Police personnel pay tribute to martyrs on the occasion of National Police Commemoration Day, in Varanasi.

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Students undergo thermal screening after authorities allowed resumption of classes for senior students of class 9 to 12 with certain restrictions, in Varanasi.

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Students undergo thermal screening after authorities allowed resumption of classes for senior students of class 9 to 12 with certain restrictions, in Varanasi.

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Devotees get their hands sanitized as they visit Ma Durga temple on the first day of the Novratri festival, in Varanasi.

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Congress workers clash with police during their protest demanding the release of their detained party workers, in Varanasi.

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Congress party activists raise slogans in front of the vehicle of Union Minister Smriti Irani, over the death of a 19-year-old Dalit woman after an alleged gangrape in UP's Hathras, during her visit to Varanasi.

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