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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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Devotees take a holy dip in the water of River Ganga on the occasion of 'Kartik Purnima', in Varanasi.

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Hindu devotees gather at Har Ki Pauri to take a holy dip in the water of River Ganga on the occasion of 'Kartik Purnima', in Haridwar.

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Devotees take a holy dip in the water of River Yamuna on the occasion of 'Kartik Purnima' at Balua ghat, in Allahabad.

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Devotees head to their homes in an over-crowded train after attending a congregation on the banks of River Ganga on the occasion of 'Kartik Purnima' festival at Fatuha Junction railway station, in Patna.

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Devotees gather on the banks of River Ganga to take a holy dip on the occasion of 'Kartik Purnima', in Patna.

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Women applying vermilion (Sindoor) to each other on the occasion of 'Kartik Purnima' after taking a holy dip in the water of River Ganga, in Patna.

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Women light lamps at Banganga on the eve of 'Dev Diwali' festival, in Mumbai.

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Priests perform 'Maha Aarti' on the occasion of 'Devotthan Ekadashi' festival, in Allahabad.

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Evening aarti on Assi Ghat by the Ganga in Varanasi

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Devotees perform "Govardhan Puja" at the ISKCON Temple in Vrindavan near Mathura.

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Devotees carry offerings on their head while trekking to the Govardhan Hill to celebrate the festival of 'Goverdhan Puja' at Goverdhan town near Mathura.

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Devotees trek from Nilakkal base camp towards Sabarimala Temple, in Pathanamthitta.

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Devotees trek from Nilakkal base camp towards Sabarimala Temple, in Pathanamthitta. This is the second time the hill temple will open for 'darshan' after the Supreme Court allowed entry of women of all age groups into it.

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Jagadguru Shankaracharya Vasudevanand Saraswati Swami Maharaj addresses at the 'Dharmadesh', a two-day meeting of Hindu seers organised for national integration, at Talkatora Stadium, in New Delhi.

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Married Hindu women take holy dips in the river Ganges and carry water in vessels as part of rituals during Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, India. The five-day festival commemorates the slaying of a demon king by goddess Durga, marking the triumph of good over evil.

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Devotees gather at the bank of River Ganga to perform 'tarpan' rituals for their departed ancestors, in Kolkata.

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Devotees perform 'tarpan' rituals for their departed ancestors at the bank of River Ganga in Kolkata.

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Devotees perform rituals to mark Mahalaya in Mumbai.

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Devotees perform rituals to mark Mahalaya in Mumbai. People offer prayers and perform rituals in remembrance of their ancestors on this day.

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Devotees from South India perform 'pind-daan' rituals for the salvation of their ancestors on the first day of Pitru Paksha at Ganga Ghat, in Varanasi.

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Devotees perform 'Tarpan', a ritual to pay obeisance to one's forefather during 'Pitra Paksha', on the banks of Phalgu river in Gaya.

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Devotees perform 'Tarpan', a ritual to pay obeisance to one's forefather during 'Pitra Paksha', on the banks of Upper Lake in Bhopal.

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RSS Chief Mohan Bhagawat addresses the 2nd World Hindu Congress, 2018 in Chicago

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RSS Chief Mohan Bhagawat with Bollywood actor Anupam Kher at the 2nd World Hindu Congress, 2018 in Chicago.

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Boys form a human pyramid to reach the "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd hanging high, as part of celebrations for the festival Janmashtami in Ahmadabad.

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A youth breaks a "Dahi handi," an earthen pot filled with curd hanging high, as part of celebrations of the festival Janmashtami in Ahmadabad.

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A child dressed as Lord Krishna being carried on the occasion of Janmashtami festival celebrations, in Patna.

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People form a human pyramid to break dahi-handi on the occasion of Janmashtami festival, in Mangalore.

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People form a human pyramid and break 'Dahi Handi' to celebrate Janmashtami festival, in Mumbai.

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People form a human pyramid and break 'Dahi Handi' to celebrate Janmashtami festival, in Mumbai.

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People form a human pyramid and break 'Dahi Handi' to celebrate Janmashtami festival, in Mumbai.

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Devotees carry a Ganesha idol to be installed at a pandal ahead of Ganpati festival, in Mumbai.

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Youth form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi Handi," an earthen pot filled with curd hanging above them, as part of celebrations to mark the Janmashtami festival in Mumbai.

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Youth fall as they form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi Handi," an earthen pot filled with curd hanging above them, as part of celebrations to mark the Janmashtami festival in Mumbai.

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Youth form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi Handi," an earthen pot filled with curd hanging above them, as part of celebrations to mark the Janmashtami festival in Mumbai.

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Youth form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi Handi," an earthen pot filled with curd hanging above them, as part of celebrations to mark the Janmashtami festival in Mumbai.

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Youth form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi Handi," an earthen pot filled with curd hanging above them, as part of celebrations to mark the Janmashtami festival in Mumbai.

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Youth form a human pyramid to break the "Dahi Handi," an earthen pot filled with curd hanging above them, as part of celebrations to mark the Janmashtami festival in Mumbai.

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An infant dressed as Hindu god Krishna reacts to his parents before participating in a competition organized as part of celebrations on the eve of Janmashtami festival in Bangalore.

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Girls dressed as god Krishna and his consort Radha, dance in a procession as part of celebrations on the eve of Janmashtami festival in Allahabad.

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A girl dressed as god Krishna's consort Radha dances during Janmashtami festival celebrations at the ISKON temple in Jammu.

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Priests and devotees participate in a rally during 'Nagar Sankirton' during the celebration of Janmashtmi festival, in Kolkata.

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Children dressed up as God Krishna take a selfie as they participate in celebrations of Janmashtami festival in Ajmer.

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Artists dressed up as God Krishna and Radha perform during a cultural programme on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtmi festival celebration, in Ranchi.

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Children dressed as God Krishna and Radha participate in a cultural programme on the occasion of Janmashtmi festival celebrations, in Jaipur.

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Devotees stand in a queue at Shri Krishna Janmashtan Temple to celebrate Janmashtmi festival, in Mathura.

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People participate in a rally to celebrate Janmashtmi festival, in Kolkata.

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