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A devotee puts 'tilak' on the forehead of children on the occasion of 'Ram Navami' Festival, in Kolkata.

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Devotees perform rituals on the occasion of Ram Navami at a ancient Ram Mandir at Uttarpara in Hooghly District.

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Devotees perform rituals on the occasion of Ram Navami at a ancient Ram Mandir at Uttarpara in Hooghly District.

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Nepalese people wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus gather for evening rituals at Pashupatinath Hindu temple in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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A devotee performs rituals during the 'Chaiti Chhath' Puja, amid the rise in Covid-19 cases across the country, in Ranchi.

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Priests and devotees of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) participate in a 'Narsimha Sudarsan Yajna', a prayer session for relief from the coronavirus pandemic, in Hyderabad.

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Devotees without following COVID -19 norms, perform rituals on the occasion of Hindu New Year,in Deoghar district.

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Devotees stand in queue to offer prayers at Alopi Devi temple on the first day of Navratri festival at Prayagraj.

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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 Uttar Pradesh.

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Devotees at Bankey Bihari Temple, amid a surge in coronavirus cases countrywide, at Vrindavan in Mathura district.

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Devotees offer prayers on the occasion 'Ekadashi', at Shri Bankey Bihari Temple in Vrindavan.

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Hindu women perform rituals while offering prayers on the occasion of Sheetala Ashtami, at the Sheetala Mata temple in Bhopal.

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Devotees dressed as Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha perform during the 'Fag Mahotsav', at Govind Devji Temple in Jaipur.

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Devotees perform 'Parikrama' on the occasion of 'Rangbhari Ekadashi', in Vrindavan.

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Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat performs rituals before assuming office as CM for the first time, in Dehradun.

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Devotees participate in the annual chariot procession 'Rathotsavam', at Srikalahasti Temple in Chittoor district

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Sadhus meditate while sitting in rings of burning cowdung cakes, at Kumbh Purva Vaishnav Baithak in Vrindavan near Mathura.

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A Devotee performs 'Abhishekam' to Lord Shiva on the occasion of 'Maha Shivaratri' festival in Ajmer.

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Devotees perform 'Abhishekam' to Lord Shiva on the occasion of 'Maha Shivaratri' festival at a temple in Prayagraj.

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

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Devotees perform 'Abhishekam' to Lord Shiva on the occasion of 'Maha Shivaratri' festival, at Shiva temple in Ahmedabad.

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A devotee arrives to offer prayers during the Ganga aarti at Har ki Pauri, on the eve of Maha Shivratri, in Haridwar, Uttarakhand.

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Devotees wait in queues to offer prayer at Lord Shiva temple on the occasion of 'Maha Shivaratri' at Khajpur in Patna.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the release of 11 volumes of manuscript with commentaries by 21 scholars on shlokas of Srimad Bhagavadgita, in New Delhi

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Devotees take holy dip in River Yamuna on the second 'Shahi Snan' of the Kumbh Purva Vaishnav Baithak, at Vrindavan near Mathura.

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Sadhus and devotees take part in a religious procession during the 'Shahi Snan' of the 'Kumbh Purva Vaishnav Baithak Mela' in Vrindavan.

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Devotees offer prayers and take ritualistic dips at Sangam, the confluence of sacred rivers the Yamuna and the Ganges during the annual month long religious fair "Magh Mela" In Prayagraj.

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Devotees participate in 'Chunri Yatra' on the occasion of Narmada Jayanti, in Jabalpur.

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Devotees gather at the bank of Narmada river on the occasion of Narmada Jayanti, in Jabalpur.

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Sadhus perform rituals for salvation during the 'Kumbh Purva' in Mathura.

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Devotees gather to take holy dip in the Gulf of Mannar on the occasion of 'Thai Amavasai', in front of the Sri Ramanthaswamy Temple in Rameshwaram.

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People take holy dips at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and the Yamuna on 'Mauni Amavasya' or new moon day, an auspicious bathing day during the annual month long Hindu religious fair "Magh Mela" In Prayagraj.

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Devotees carry images of deities as they gather to take holy dips at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges and the Yamuna on 'Mauni Amavasya' or new moon day, an auspicious bathing day during the annual month long Hindu religious fair "Magh Mela" In Prayagraj.

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A 'sadhu' at Sangam, confluence of River Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, on 'Mauni Amavasya' during the ongoing annual 'Magh Mela' festival in Prayagraj.

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Devotees offer prayers after taking a holy dip at Sangam, confluence of River Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, on 'Mauni Amavasya' during the ongoing annual 'Magh Mela' festival in Prayagraj.

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Devotees gather to take a holy dip at Sangam, confluence of River Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, on 'Mauni Amavasya' during the ongoing annual 'Magh Mela' festival in Prayagraj.

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Devotees gather to take a holy dip at Sangam, confluence of River Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, on 'Mauni Amavasya' during the ongoing annual 'Magh Mela' festival in Prayagraj.

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Devotees arrive to take a holy dip at Sangam, confluence of River Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati, on 'Mauni Amavasya' during the ongoing annual 'Magh Mela' festival in Prayagraj.

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Nepalese Hindu devotees offer prayers along the banks of the Hanumante river in Bhaktapur, Nepal. During the festival, devotees recite holy scriptures dedicated to Hindu goddess Swasthani and Lord Shiva. Unmarried women pray to get a good husband while those married pray for the longevity of their husbands by observing a month-long fast.

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Devotees gather at the banks of River Ganga on the occasion of 'Paush Purnima', during the ongoing 'Magh Mela' in Prayagraj.

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Hermits perform rituals on the bank of Ganga river at Sangam on the occasion of 'Paush Purnima', during the annual ‘Magh Mela’, in Prayagraj.

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Russian Orthodox believers, one of them wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus infection, bath in the icy water during a traditional Epiphany celebration in St.Petersburg, Russia. The temperature in St. Petersburg is -5C (23F).

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Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan addresses various religious leaders, during a program in Kochi.

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Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Susheel Kumar Modi offers prayer to Lord Chitragupta, in Patna.

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Devotees perform rituals during the immersion of Durga Idol on the Day of Maha Dashami in Kolkata

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A devotee immerses an idol of Goddess Laxmi in Ganga River after offering prayers, in Kolkata.

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Devotees immerse an idol of Goddess Laxmi in Ganga River after offering prayers, in Kolkata.

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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 pay obeisance to Goddess Chamunda Devi during the ongoing Navratri festival, in Vrindavan.

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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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LJP Chief Chirag Paswan after shaving his head during the Dashkarma ritual for late his father and former Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, in Patna.

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

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Devotees perform 'parikrama' of the holy town of Vrindavan on the occasion of Ekadashi of Adhikmas, near Mathura.

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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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Devotees take holy dip in the Ganga river on the occasion of Adhimas Purnima at Phaphamau in Prayagraj.

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Devotees (Kanwariyas) carry metal pots filled with holy water after taking a dip in Ganga river at Padilla Mahadev temple, during the Manmas month, amid the coronavirus pandemic, in Prayagraj.

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Devotees during Arattu procession as part of Painkuni festival, at Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram.

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Devotees perform 'Tarpan' ritual on the bank of Hooghly river on the occasion of Mahalaya, in Kolkata.

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Devotees perform 'Tarpan' ritual on the bank of Hooghly river on the occasion of Mahalaya, in Kolkata.

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Devotees perform 'Tarpan' ritual on the bank of Hooghly river on the occasion of Mahalaya, in Kolkata.

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Devotees perform 'Tarpan' ritual on the bank of Hooghly river on the occasion of Mahalaya, in Kolkata.

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Devotees perform 'Tarpan' ritual on the bank of Hooghly river on the occasion of Mahalaya, in Kolkata.

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Devotees perform 'Tarpan' ritual on the bank of Hooghly river on the occasion of Mahalaya, in Kolkata.

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Devotees perform 'Tarpan' ritual on the bank of Ganga river on the occasion of Mahalaya, in Kolkata.

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A devotee performs 'Tarpan' ritual to pay obedience to the forefathers on 'Pitra Moksha Amavasya', on the banks of Krishna river, in Vijayawada.

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Devotees perform 'Pind Daan' on the bank of Ganga river on the occasion of Mahalaya, in Kolkata.

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Devotees offer prayers at Ganga ghat on the occasion of Mahalaya, in Varanasi. ‘Mahalaya' is celebrated at the end of 'Pitru Paksha', a 16-day period when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors.

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Devotees offer prayers on the bank of Brahmaputra river on the occasion of Mahalaya, in Guwahati. ‘Mahalaya' is celebrated at the end of 'Pitru Paksha', a 16-day period when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors.

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A Das family member blows a conch during Krishna Navami Durga Puja during the complete bi-weekly lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Kolkata.

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Woman devotees perform rituals of Jivitputrika Vrat on the occasion of Jivitputrika festival in Varanasi.

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Devotees after taking holy dip in Ganga river during the ongoing 'Pitra Paksha', at Sangam in Prayagraj.

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Devotees perform 'Tarpan' rituals in remembrance of their ancestors at the banks of Ganga river on Pitru Paksha, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in Patna.

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People perform 'Tarpan' rituals for salvation of their ancestors during 'Pitra Paksha', at the bank of Yamuna River in Mathura.

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Devotees perform 'Tarpan' rituals in remembrance of their ancestors at the banks of Lower Lake on Pitru Paksha, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in Bhopal.

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Vishnupad Temple wears a deserted look on Pitru Paksha, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in Gaya.

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Devotees take a holy dip in the flooded banks of River Ganga on the occasion of Pitru Paksha, in Prayagraj.

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Devotees take part in a procession during the holy month of 'Sawan', in Agartala.

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Devotees perform rituals before carrying Chhari Mubarak, silver mace of Lord Shiva, to high altitude Himalayan Lake (Kailash Kund), at Bhadarwah in Doda district.

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Madhya Pradesh State Congress President Kamal Nath performs rituals as he offers prayers during Hanuman chalisa recital, at his residence in Bhopal.

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People offer prayers to sea god 'Varun' on the occasion of Narali Purnima (Coconut Day) at Worli Koliwada in Mumbai.

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

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Devotees perform 'Abhishek' on the occasion of Nag Panchami festival in Bengaluru.

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Children perform 'Abhishek' on the occasion of Nag Panchami festival, in Bengaluru.

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Devotees offer prayers on the occasion of Nagapanchami festival, in Chikmagalur in Karnataka.

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Devotees offer prayers at a temple on the occasion of 'Nagpanchami', in Patna.

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Devotees (Kanwariyas) carrying plastic bottles arrive to collect water from the Ganga river, during the holy month of Shravan, at Sangam in Prayagraj.

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Devotee perform rituals on the banks of 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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Har Ki Pauri Ghat wears a deserted look during 'Somvati Amavasya' on the third Monday of the Hindu 'Sawan' month, amid the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Haridwar.

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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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View of Holy Cave at Amarnath in Anantnag district during Defence Minister Rajnath Singh visit.

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Devotees pray as they perform 'Koil Alwar Thirumanjanam' ritual, at Tirumala in Chittoor district.

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

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