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Students stage a protest dharna at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) against the appointment of a Muslim teacher of Sanskrit at the universirty, in Varanasi.

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A scene at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hostel after two student groups clashed in the campus of the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi.

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Devotees perform Ganga aarti on the occasion of Devdiwali festival, at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi.

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Devotees light lamps at Panch Ganga Ghat, a stairway leading down to a body of water, during during Dev Deepawali festival in Varanasi. All the river fronts, or ghats, of the Ganges come alive with thousands of brightly lit earthen lamps during this festival. The ancient city of Varanasi is one of the top pilgrimage sites and millions of pilgrims gather annually here for ritual bathing and prayers on the banks of the Ganges.

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Hindus make fire on the banks as part of rituals, as tourists ride on boats in the River Ganges, holy to Hindus, during Karthik Purnima festival in Varanasi. The festival which falls on the full moon day of the Indian calendar month of Karthik, is considered auspicious.

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A Hindu devotee puts vermillion powder on the forehead of another on the bank of the River Ganges, holy to Hindus, during Karthik Purnima festival in Varanasi. The festival which falls on the full moon day of the Indian calendar month of Karthik, is considered auspicious.

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A Hindu devotee offers prayers in the River Ganges, holy to Hindus, during Karthik Purnima festival in Varanasi. The festival which falls on the full moon day of the Indian calendar month of Karthik, is considered auspicious.

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People take part in a procession during Eid Milad-un-Nabi celebrations, in Varanasi.

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Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel stand guard as Muslim devotees take part in a procession during Eid Milad-un-Nabi celebrations, in Varanasi.

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Security personnel patrol a street as security has been beefed up in the view of the Ayodhya case verdict, in Varanasi.

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Devotees offer 'Arghya' to the rising sun at Assi Ghat during 'Chhath Puja' celebrations, in Varanasi

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Foreign tourists light candles and burn crackers during Diwali celebrations, in Varanasi.

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A young woman buys an idol of goddess Laxmi on the occasion of Dhanteras festival ahead of Diwali, in Varanasi.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses a seminar, 'Guptvanshak Veer: Skandagupta Vikramaditya', at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi.

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Home Minister Amit Shah is greeted by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on his arrival at the airport, in Varanasi.

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Home Minister Amit Shah addresses a seminar at Banaras Hindu University, in Varanasi.

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Security guards stand guard at the gate of Banaras Hindu University after a clash between students and shopkeepers, in Varanasi.

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A huge crowd during historic "Bharat Milap", which is enacted on the day following Vijayadashami, at Nati Imli in Varanasi.

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An artist dressed as Ram hold a bow and arrow during Dussehra celebrations in Varanasi.

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Police personnel inspect the spot where a bus operator was shot dead by some unidentified assailants, in Varanasi.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath performs a ritual at Kashi Vishwanath Temple, in Varanasi.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurates Shri Kashi Vishwanath Nayati Arogya Mandir, in Varanasi.

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A view of a waterlogged street outside Adampur Police Station following heavy rains, in Varanasi

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A view of waterlogged streets after heavy rains in Varanasi.

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Pedestrians walk through a waterlogged road following heavy rainfall, in Varanasi.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath rides on an inflated boat as he visits the flood-affected areas following heavy monsoon rainfall, in Varanasi.

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A man swims near a building submerged in the floodwaters of River Ganga following monsoon rains, in Varanasi.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visits the areas affected by floods along the River Ganga, in Varanasi.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inspects the flood affected areas along the River Ganga, in Varanasi.

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Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanth in Varanasi.

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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra being welcomed by party cadres on her arrival at the airport in Varanasi.

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In this file photo, former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj delivers her address during the inauguration of 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention 2019 in Varanasi. PM Narendra Modi is also seen on the stage.

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Devotees queue up to offer prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple during the annual 'Nag Panchami' festival, in Varanasi.

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Congress leader Ajay Rai along with party workers performs 'havan' for the deceased victims of Raebareli accident, in which the Unnao rape survivor was seriously injured, in Varanasi.

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Congress party members fast during a sit-in protest against the Unnao rape incident, in Varanasi.

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Muslim women celebrate after the triple talaq bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha, in Varanasi.

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Muslim women celebrate after the triple talaq bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha, in Varanasi.

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Devotees perform 'Abhishek' of Lord Shiva on the first Somwar (Monday) of the holy month of Shravan, along the banks of River Ganga in Varanasi.

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Derek O'Brien led TMC delegation sit on a dharna, after they were stopped by police at the airport, while on their way to meet family members of victims killed in clashes over a land dispute in Sonbhadra on July 17, at Varanasi airport.

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Derek O'Brien led TMC delegation protest after they were stopped by police at the airport, while on their way to meet family members of victims killed in clashes over a land dispute in Sonbhadra on July 17, at Varanasi airport.

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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra meets the victims of Sonbhadra incident, where 10 people were killed in a shootout this week over a land dispute, at BHU Trauma Centre in Varanasi.

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Children play at a waterogged road following heavy monsoon rain in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi participates in tree plantation drive, in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi participates in tree plantation drive, in Varanasi. BJP Working President JP Nadda and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath are also seen.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and BJP Working President JP Nadda at the launch of BJP membership drive, in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP Working President JP Nadda and others pose for group photo after the inauguration of a statue of former PM Lal Bhadur Shashtri, in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at the launch of BJP membership drive, in Varanasi. Also seen is BJP Working President JP Nadda.

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A view of the bio-toilet boat at the Dasasomedh Ghat, in Varanasi.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addresses a meeting for development works, in Varanasi.

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Women perform yoga to mark the 5th International Yoga Day, in Varanasi.

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Bollywood actors Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Mouni Roy arrive for shooting of their upcoming film 'Brahmastra', in Varanasi.

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Visitors sit at the bank of River Ganga on a hot, summer day, in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with BJP President Amit Shah and UP CM Yogi Adityanath during a meeting with the party workers at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hastkala Sankul in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with BJP President Amit Shah offers prayers at Kashi Vishwanath Temple, during a visit to his parliamentary constituency Varanasi after winning the Lok Sabha polls.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves as he leaves Trade Facilitation Center along with BJP President Amit Shah, in Varanasi.

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Debris of razed buildings at the under-construction Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in Varanasi.

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A view of the under-construction Kashi Vishwanath Corridor in Varanasi. The corridor is being built to join the Vishwanath Temple — earlier hidden behind a maze of narrow congested lanes — to the Ahilyabai Ghat on the River Ganga.

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A cutout of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is displayed along a road ahead of his visit, in Varanasi.

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BJP supporters carry a cutout of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his arrival, in Varanasi.

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Participants take part in a cleanliness drive on the bank of river Ganga ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit, at Dashashwamedh ghat, in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi offer prayers at Kashi Vishwanath Temple, in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah offer prayers at Kashi Vishwanath Temple, in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi offer prayers at Kashi Vishwanath Temple, in Varanasi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is welcomed with flowers as he arrives in Varanasi.

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BJP supporters wave as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's carcade arrives at Kashi Vishwanath Temple, in Varanasi.

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BJP workers celebrate party's lead in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, in Varanasi.

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BJP workers celebrate party's lead in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, in Varanasi.

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BJP supporters celebrate their party's lead in the Lok Sabha elections, at Madanpura area of Varanasi.

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UP BJP President Mahendra Nath Pandey addresses the media in Varanasi.

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Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi shows his inked finger outside a polling booth after casting his vote for the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Varanasi.

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Congress candidate for Varanasi parliamentary seat Ajay Rai shows his inked finger after casting his vote during the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Varanasi.

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Voters wait in queues to cast their votes at a polling station, during the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Varanasi.

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Voters wait in queues to cast their votes at a polling station, during the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Varanasi.

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An elderly voter is helped by a police man to sit on a bicycle outside at a polling station in Jayapur village, during the last phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Varanasi.

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An elderly woman displays indelible ink mark on her finger after casting her vote during the seventh and final phase of national elections, on the outskirts of Varanasi.

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People stand in queues to cast their votes in the seventh and final phase of national elections, on the outskirts of Varanasi.

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A polling officer puts indelible ink mark on the index finger of an women voter at a polling station during the seventh and final phase of national elections, on the outskirts of Varanasi.

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People stand in queues to cast their votes in the seventh and final phase of national elections, on the outskirts of Varanasi.

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People wait in a queue to cast their votes at a polling station in Kachanar on the outskirts of in Varanasi.

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A voter displays indelible ink mark on his index finger after casting his vote in the seventh and final phase of national elections, on the outskirts of Varanasi.

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A woman holds her newly born baby while displaying indelible ink mark on her finger after casting her vote during the seventh and final phase of national elections, on the outskirts of Varanasi.

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Congress MLA from Raebareli Aditi Singh, who was attacked three days ago, offers prayer at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi.

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Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party alliance candidate from Varanasi Shalini Yadav presents a memento to RLD chief Ajit Singh, at an election rally for the last phase of the Lok Sabha polls, in Varanasi. Also seen are BSP chief Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.

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Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party alliance candidate from Varanasi Shalini Yadav presents a memento to SP chief Akhilesh Yadav as sacked BSF jawan Tej Pratap and others look on, at an election rally for the last phase of the Lok Sabha polls, in Varanasi.

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Bahujan Samajwadi Party chief Mayawati with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh and others at an election rally for Lok Sabha polls, in Varanasi.

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Bahujan Samaj Party and Samajwadi Party alliance candidate from Varanasi Shalini Yadav greets supporters at an elecion rally for the last phase of the Lok Sabha polls, in Varanasi.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addresses a gathering during an election campaign for the last phase of the Lok Sabha polls, in Varanasi.

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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra along with the party candidate Ajay Rai and Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Singh Baghel during a roadshow for the Lok Sabha polls, in Varanasi.

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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra leaves after visit the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi.

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Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra along with the party candidate Ajay Rai and Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Singh Baghel during a roadshow for the Lok Sabha polls, in Varanasi. Varanasi, PM Narendra Modi's constituency, is one of the 13 Lok Sabha seats in eastern Uttar Pradesh which will go to polls in the seventh and last phase of the general elections on Sunday.

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Union Minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj addresses a gathering, in Varanasi.

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Temple priests perform 'Ganga Aarti' during dawn at Assi ghat, in Varanasi.

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People perform yoga at Assi Ghat, on the bank of River Ganga, in Varanasi.

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A priest performs 'Ganga Aarti' during dawn at Assi ghat, in Varanasi.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath pays condolence to the family members of Padma Shri awardee Bhojpuri vocal artist Hiralal Yadav, who passed away on May 12, 2019, after being unwell for few months, in Varanasi.

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Officials work for the allotment of the EVMs and VVPAT machines at a distribution centre, ahead of the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha polls, in Varanasi.

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Women take part in a voting awareness rally, ahead of the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha polls, in Varanasi.

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BJP's candidate from Fatehpur seat Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti during an election campaign for Lok Sabha polls, in Varanasi.

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Devotees offer prayers on the occasion of 'Ganga Utpatti Diwas' on the bank of Ganga river, in Varanasi.

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BJP National President Amit Shah being felicitated on his arrival at Garhwa Ghat Ashram, in Varanasi.

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