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Hindu women apply vermilion (Sindoor) to each other on the occasion of 'Sharad Purnima' after taking a holy dip in the water of River Ganga, in Patna.

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Devotees wait for their turn to pay obeisance to Lord Bankey Bihari at Bankey Bihari temple after it reopened for visitors, during Unlock 5, in Vrindavan.

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Devotees offer prayers at the historic Goddess Kali temple during the ongoing Navratri festival, in Jammu.

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Kanwariyas carry metal pots filled with 'holy water' after taking a dip in the Ganges, during 'Manmash' month, in Prayagraj.

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United Hindu Front activists protest demanding a ‘Population Control Bill’ and Uniform Civil Code across the country to be introduced in Parliament, at Mandir Marg in New Delhi.

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Devotee perform rituals in Yamuna river, during the Shravan month, in New Delhi.

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A family performs rituals for the salvation of their ancestors on the occasion of 'Vavubali Tharpanam', at their home in Thiruvananthapuram. The customary rituals performed at designated temples have been banned this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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People perform rituals for salvation of their ancestors on the occasion of 'Aadi Amavasya' at Marina Beach, in Chennai.

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A devotee pays obeisance at Mahabhairab Temple during the holy month of 'Sawan', at Tezpur in Sonitpur district.

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Devotees offer prayers to Lord Kharakhia Baidyanath on occasion of the third 'Somwar' of the holy month of Shravan, in Bhubaneswar.

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Priests offer prayers for salvation of their ancestors on the occasion of ‘Aadi Amavasya' in Coimbatore.

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Devotees wait amid rains to perform 'abhishek' of Lord Shiva at the Kashi Vishwanath temple on the occasion of the third 'Somwar' of the holy month of 'Shravan', in Varanasi.

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Devotees wait to perform 'abhishek' of Lord Shiva at the Kashi Vishwanath temple on the occasion of the third 'Somwar' of the holy month of 'Shravan', in Varanasi.

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Devotees offer prayers to Lord Shiva on the third 'Somwar' of the holy month of 'Shravan', in Jabalpur.

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Devotees offer prayers to Lord Shiva on the occasion of the third 'Somwar' of the holy month of 'Shravan', in Patna.

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Members of United Hindu Front protests against the statement made by Nepal’s Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli that the real Ayodhya was in Nepal and Lord Ram was a Nepali, outside Nepal Embassy in New Delhi.

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Members of United Hindu Front protests against the statement made by Nepal’s Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli that the real Ayodhya was in Nepal and Lord Ram was a Nepali, outside Nepal Embassy in New Delhi.

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Members of United Hindu Front protests against the statement made by Nepal’s Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli that the real Ayodhya was in Nepal and Lord Ram was a Nepali, outside Nepal Embassy in New Delhi.

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Members of United Hindu Front protests against the statement made by Nepal’s Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli that the real Ayodhya was in Nepal and Lord Ram was a Nepali, outside Nepal Embassy in New Delhi.

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The usually crowded premises of the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple wearing a deserted look due to COVID-19 lockdown in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Devotees offer prayers to lord Shiva at a temple on the second 'Somwar' of the holy month of ‘Shravan', in Bhopal.

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Kanwariyas walk down a road during their pilgrimage in the auspicious month of Shravan, in Nagaon district of Assam.

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Devotees wait to offer prayers to Lord Shiva at the Kashi Vishwanath temple on the occasion of the first Somwar of the holy month of 'Sawan', in Varanasi.

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Devotees wait to perform 'abhishek' of Lord Shiva at the Kashi Vishwanath temple on the occasion of the first Somwar of the holy month of 'Sawan', in Varanasi.

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Hindu devotees offer prayers to Lord Shiva on the occasion of the first 'Somwar' (Monday) of the holy month of 'Sawan', in Patna.

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Hindu devotees offer prayers to Lord Shiva on the occasion of the first 'Somwar' (Monday) of the holy month of 'Sawan', in Patna.

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Devotees offer prayers along the banks of Ganga river on 'Guru Purnima' festival, during Unlock 2.0, in Prayagraj.

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Devotees offer prayers to Sun during the solar eclipse at Banganga tank, in Mumbai.

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Devotees perform rituals during solar eclipse at Ramkund at the banks of a Godavari River in Nashik.

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Mahant Kamal Nayan Das Ji Maharaj, spokesperson to Mahant Nritya Gopal Das who is the head of Ram Mandir trust, performs 'Rudrabhishek', a ritual to offer prayers to Lord Shiva, at Kuber Tila shrine in Ayodhya.

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Devotees perform aarti at River Ganga, after authorities allowed opening of all religious places in the fifth phase of COVID-19 lockdown, in Haridwar.

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A priest offers prayers to a cow near the holy lake of Pushkar, in Ajmer.

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Devotees pray while taking bath in the Krishna River on the occasion of Maha Shivratri festival, in Vijayawada.

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A priest along with devotees performs 'Abhishek' of Lord Shiva at a temple on the occasion of Maha Shivratri festival, in Surat.

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Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh (C) during the closing ceremony of ‘Ekal Abhiyan Parivartan Kumbh’ campaign in Lucknow.

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Giant Kavadi offering cages are carried by Hindu devotees in a procession during the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves, outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. Thaipusam, which is celebrated in honor of Hindu god Lord Murugan, is an annual procession by Hindu devotees seeking blessings, fulfilling vows and offering thanks.

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Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh state Yogi Adityanath, center, takes a dip with others at the Sangam, the confluence of three sacred rivers - the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, on Basant Panchami day at the annual traditional fair of Magh Mela in Prayagraj.

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UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath performs Ganga Arti after taking a holy dip on the auspicious day of 'Basant Panchami' during Ganga Yatra, in Prayagraj. UP BJP Chief Swatantra Dev Singh and Minister of State Dr Mahendra Singh are also seen.

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UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath flies a kite on the auspicious day of 'Basant Panchami' during Ganga Yatra, in Prayagraj. UP BJP Chief Swatantra Dev Singh and Minister of State Dr Mahendra Singh are also seen.

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A sadhu, walks with a calf, as devotees wait to offer prayers and take holy dips at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna, on Basant Panchami day at the annual traditional fair of Magh Mela Prayagraj.

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A priest performs rituals at the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna, on Basant Panchami day at the annual traditional fair of Magh Mela Prayagraj.

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Makeshift tents are seen from an over bridge on the banks of the Sangam, confluence of the rivers Ganges and Yamuna during the annual month long Hindu religious fair "Magh Mela" in Prayagraj.

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Hindu devotees gather to take a holy dip in Sangam, the confluence of River Ganga, Yamuna and mythological Saraswati, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti festival during Magh Mela 2020 in Prayagraj.

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Devotees perform rituals after taking a holy dip in Sangam, the confluence of River Ganga, Yamuna and mythological Saraswati, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti festival during Magh Mela 2020 in Prayagraj.

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Devotees from Maharashtra perform 'pind-daan' rituals for the salvation of their ancestors after taking holy dip at Sangam, in Prayagraj.

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Refugees who migrated from Sindh province of Pakistan display their passports as they support the Citizenship Amendment Act in Ahmadabad.

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Refugees who migrated from Sindh province of Pakistan display their passports as they support the Citizenship Amendment Act in Ahmadabad.

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Devotees offer prayers on the occasion of 'Trijata Puja' during the end of Kartik Purnima festival, on the banks of River Ganga, in Prayagraj.

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Devotees on the occasion of 'Kartik Poornima' during the Maha Arti at Banganga, Walkeshwar in Mumbai.

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Devotees light an earthen lamp as they offer prayers near Krishna river on the occasion of Kartik Purnima, in Vijayawada

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Devotees gather to take a holy dip at Ganga river on the occasion of 'Kartik Purnima' in Patna

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Women perform traditional black-magic on the bank of River Ganga on the occasion of Kartik Purnima in Patna

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A devotee takes a dip at River Saryu on the occasion of Kartik Purnima, in Ayodhya

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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 belonging to various faiths celebrate the Ayodhya Case verdict, in Ranchi.

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Women perform rituals at the bank of Ganga River on the occasion of Akshaya Amla Navami, in Patna.

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Devotees perform evening prayers on the occasion of 'Bhai Dooj' festival in Mathura.

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Priests perform evening prayers on the occasion of 'Bhai Dooj' festival in Mathura.

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Devotees walk on embers during Deviramma Jatra Mahotsav, in Chikmagalur, Karnataka.

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Hindu Mahasabha president Swami Chakrapani at UP Sadan in New Delhi.

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Devotees throng at Varakkal beach on the occasion of ‘Karkidaka Vavu’ in Kozhikode.

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Devotees perform rituals at Marina Beach on the occasion of Aadi Amavasai festival in Chennai.

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Devotees gather to take holy dip on the occasion of Aadi Amavasai, in front of the Sri Ramanthaswamy Temple, in Rameswaram.

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Devotees perform rituals near the Ramanathaswamy temple on the occasion of 'Aadi Amavasai' near Thiruvalluvar Statue, in Kanyakumari.

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Devotees take bath and perform rituals at the famous Kanyakumari Mukkadal Sangamam on the occasion of 'Aadi Amavasai', in Kanyakumari district.

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Devotees take bath and perform rituals at the famous Kanyakumari Mukkadal Sangamam on the occasion of 'Aadi Amavasai', in Kanyakumari district.

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An idol of Hindu goddess Kali is carried on elephant during a procession of "Bonalu" festival in Hyderabad. Bonalu is a month long Hindu folk festival of the Telangana region dedicated to Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction.

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Devotees perform 'Abhishek' of Lord Shiva on the first Somwar (Monday) of the holy month of Shravan, at Pahari temple in Ranchi.

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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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A devotee prepares for the 'Kawad Yatra' on the first day 'Saawan' month, in Jabalpur.

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Hindu believers take a bath under a Highway bridge in the Datteln-Hamm canal in Hamm, Germany, as part of their ritual purification. The nearby Hindu Shankarar Sri Kamadchi Ampal Temple is reputed to be the largest Dravida Hindu Temple built in mainland Europe.

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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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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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Devotees offer prayers at a temple on the occasion of Maha Shivratri festival, in Varanasi.

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Devotees performs rituals on a shivling, an idol symbolic of Hindu god Shiva, during Shivratri festival in Ahmadabad. Shivaratri, or the night of Shiva, is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of death and destruction.

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Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, second left, performs rituals at Sangam, the confluence of the Yamuna, the Ganges and the mythical Saraswati, during the Kumbh Mela festival in Prayagraj.

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Hindu holy men participate in rituals that are believed to rid them of all ties in this life and dedicate themselves to serving God as a 'Naga' or naked holy men, at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna River during the Kumbh festival in Prayagraj.

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Holy men participate in rituals that are believed to rid them of all ties in this life and dedicate themselves to serving God as a 'Naga' or naked holy men, at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna River during the Kumbh festival in Prayagraj. The significance of nakedness is that they will not have any worldly ties to material belongings, even something as simple as clothes. This ritual that transforms selected holy men to Naga can only be done at the Kumbh festival.

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Newly initiated 'Naga Sadhus' participate in a ritual on the banks of River Ganga during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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Newly initiated sadhus participate in a ritual on the banks of River Ganga during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Prayagraj.

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RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat (L), Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti chief Jagadguru Hansdevacharya (C) and Pejawar Mutt's Vishweshwar Tirth Swami during 'Dharma Sansad', called by Vishwa Hindu Parishad during Kumbh Mela 2019, in Allahabad.

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Nepalese Hindu devotees offer prayers on the banks of the river Hanumante during the Madhav Narayan festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal.

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Nepalese Hindu devotees roll on the ground as part of a ritual during the Madhav Narayan festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal. During this festival, devotees recite holy scriptures dedicated to Hindu goddess Swasthani and Lord Shiva. Unmarried women pray for a good husband while those married pray for the longevity of their husbands by observing a month-long fast.

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An aerial view of Kumbh city at Sangam, on the auspicious day of "Paush Purnima" during Kumbh Mela or Pitcher Festival at Prayagraj.

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Members of various Hindu groups stage a protest in support of Ram Temple, near Supreme Court in New Delhi. A five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, adjourned the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute matter till January 29.

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Hindu Makkal Katchi activists stop a train during a protest against the entry of two women into the Sabarimala temple, in Coimbatore.

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A priest blows a trumpet during Hanuman Jayanti celebrations in Bengaluru.

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Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti chief Jagadguru Hansdevacharya and others during ‘Dharma Sabha’, to press for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, in Jammu.

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Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti chief Jagadguru Hansdevacharya during ‘Dharma Sabha’, to press for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, in Jammu.

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Akhil Bharatiya Sant Samiti chief Jagadguru Hansdevacharya addresses during ‘Dharma Sabha’, to press for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, in Jammu.

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Devotees celebrate Kartik Purnima in Mathura by lighting lamps (diyas) on the banks of Yamuna River.

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People celebrate Dev Diwali on the banks of the Ganges river in Varanasi.

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People light oil lamps at Sangam on the occasion of 'Kartik Purnima' in Allahabad.

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People take part in a 'Maha Arti' as they celebrate Dev Diwali on the banks of the Ganges river in Varanasi.

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A devotee offer prayers on the bank of River Yamuna on the occasion of 'Kartik Purnima' at Balua ghat, in Allahabad.

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