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Sabarimala: Devotees arrive at the Lord Ayyappa temple that opened today for the two-month long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala.

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Devotees arrive at the Lord Ayyappa temple that opened today for the two-month long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala.

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Devotees arrive at the Lord Ayyappa temple that opened today for the two-month long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala. At least ten young women from Andhra Pradesh, who arrived at Pamba on Saturday to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple here, were sent back, police said.

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Members of Sanskriti Bachao Manch perform Maha Mrityunjaya Yagna for the speedy recovery of legendry playback singer and Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar, at Durga Mandir in Bhopal.

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

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Devotees light earthern lamps on the occasion of Devdipawali festival, in Ayodhya.

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Baba Ramdev and Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee president Manjinder Singh Sirsa hold 'Kal taaran Guru Nanak aaya' after paying obeisance at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru Nanak Dev ji, in New Delhi

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Sikh devotees participate in a religious procession at Gurdwara Nankana Sahib on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Sikh Guru Nanak Dev Ji, in Nankana Sahib District of Pakistan

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Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla pays obeisance at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Sikh Guru Nanak Dev ji, in New Delhi

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Baba Ramdev after paying obeisance at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of the first Sikh Guru Nanak Dev ji, in New Delhi

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal pays obeisance at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Sikh Guru Nanak Dev ji, in New Delhi.

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A Sikh Sewadar stands at Golden Temple on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev ji, in Amritsar

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Sikh devotees gather at Shahid Minar maidan on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Sikh Guru Nanak Dev ji, in Kolkata

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Devotees prepare 'Langar' (free meal) to be served on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Sikh Guru Nanak Dev Ji, at Shahid Minar Maidan in Kolkata

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Devotees offer prayers at Gurudwara on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev ji, in Kolkata

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Devotees offer prayers at Gurudwara on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev ji, in Kolkata

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Devotees offer prayers at Golden Temple on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev ji, in Amritsar

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A young devotee lights candles on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev ji, in Amritsar

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BJP MLA Sidhi Kumari prepares "Prasadam" on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Sikh Guru Nanak Dev ji, at a gurudwara in Bikaner.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman poses for a group photo with Sikh devotees after paying obeisance at Bangla Saheb Gurudwara on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Sikh Guru Nanak Dev ji, in New Delhi.

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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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Sikh woman devotees prepare rotis at langer in a Gurudwara on the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Sikh Guru Nanak Dev ji in Mirzapur

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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath prays on 550th birth anniversary of Sikh Guru Nanak Dev ji, at Gurudwara Nanaksar in Bhopal.

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Gurdwara Nankana Sahib illuminated ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, founder of the Sikh religion, in Pakistan

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A Sikh man lights candles at an illuminated Golden temple on the eve of the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in Amritsar.

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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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Pakistani Sikh devotees take part in a celebrations of the 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism's founder, Guru Nanak Dev at a Sikh temple in Karachi.

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A view of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib illuminated on the eve of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji, in New Delhi.

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Devotees light candles at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib illuminated on the eve of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji, in New Delhi.

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An illuminated Golden Temple on the eve of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, founder of the Sikh religion, in Amritsar

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Sikh devotees participate in a religious procession at the Golden Temple on the eve of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, founder of the Sikh religion, in Amritsar

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Sikh devotees participate in a religious procession at the Golden Temple on the eve of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, founder of the Sikh religion, in Amritsar

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BJP senior leader Vijay Goel performs Kar Seva (voluntary service) on the 550th birth anniversary of Sikh Guru Nanak Dev ji at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, in New Delhi

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar arrives to offer prayers at Khankah Muzibia, Phulwarisharif on Eid Milad-un-Nabi, in Patna

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A Kashmiri Muslim woman raises her veil in air to pray as the head priest, unseen, displays a relic of Islam's Prophet Muhammad at the Hazratbal shrine, on the occasion of the Prophet's birth anniversary in Srinagar, India. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims thronged the Hazratbal shrine, which houses a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Muhammad.

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A fire-eater performs during a procession to celebrate Guru Nanak Jayanti in Ranchi

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Hindu devotees pray and take holy dips at the banks of Saryu River in Ayodhya, India. India's Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground in the country's north and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims to build a mosque - a verdict in a highly contentious case that was immediately deplored by a key Muslim body.

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A Sadhu, or a Hindu holy man prostrates himself on a street on way to a temple, in Ayodhya, India. India's Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground in the country's north and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims to build a mosque - a verdict in a highly contentious case that was immediately deplored by a key Muslim body.

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Devotees from Laos perform rituals during the robe offering ceremony at Mahabodhi Temple, in Bodh Gaya.

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NSA Ajit Doval speaks during an inter-religious faith meeting at his residence in New Delhi.

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Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati being garlanded during on the occasion of ‘Dev Uthani Ekadashi’ or ‘Tulsi Vivah’ during the holy Kartik month in Jabalpur.

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Devotees perform rituals in Ayodhya. India's Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims to build a mosque. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues.

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Devotees cover the holy River Yamuna with saress during 'Chunari Manorath' on the occasion Chaath Festival in Mathura

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A devotee performs prayers at India Gate lawns, in New Delhi. Chhath Puja, marked with rigorous rituals, is observed over a period of four days during which devotees fast and abstain from drinking water, stand in water for long periods of time, and offer prasad (prayer offerings) and 'arghya' to the setting and rising Sun.

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Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das offer prayers to the rising sun during 'Chhath Puja' celebrations, in Jamshedpur

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

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Devotees offer prayers to the rising sun after taking bath in the Narmada River during 'Chhath Puja', in Jabalpur

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Hindu women apply vermillion paste on each other as they pray to the sun god standing in the waters of the Tawi River during the Chhath festival in Jammu. During Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the sun god for sustaining life on earth.

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Hindu devotee performs rituals in the river Brahmaputra during Chhath Puja festival in in Gauhati. During Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the Sun god for sustaining life on earth.

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Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari greets devotees during Chhath Puja at the banks of River Yamuna. Chhath Puja, marked with rigorous rituals, is observed over a period of four days during which devotees fast and abstain from drinking water, stand in water for long periods of time, and offer prasad (prayer offerings) and 'arghya' to the setting and rising Sun.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal prays on the occasion of Chhath Puja, in New Delhi

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Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani waves during his visit at Chhath Puja in Ahmedabad

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar performs a ritual during Chhath Puja at his residence, in Patna

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Bhopal MP Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur kisses a child as she greets people on the occasion of Chhath Puja festival in Bhopal

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath prays during Chhath Puja at Gomti river in Lucknow. Chhath Puja, marked with rigorous rituals, is observed over a period of four days during which devotees fast and abstain from drinking water, stand in water for long periods of time, and offer prasad (prayer offerings) and 'arghya' to the setting and rising Sun.

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Hindu devotee performs rituals in Yamuna river, covered by chemical foam caused due to industrial and domestic pollution, during Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi. During Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the sun god for sustaining life on earth.

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A woman takes a selfie as performs rituals in Yamuna river during Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi, During Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the sun god for sustaining life on earth.

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Hindu devotee performs rituals in Yamuna river during Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi, During Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the sun god for sustaining life on earth.

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Hindu devotee performs rituals in Yamuna river during Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi, During Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the sun god for sustaining life on earth.

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Hindu devotee performs rituals in Yamuna river during Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi, During Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the sun god for sustaining life on earth.

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Hindu devotee performs rituals in Yamuna river during Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi, During Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the sun god for sustaining life on earth.

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Hindu devotee performs rituals in Yamuna river, covered by chemical foam caused due to industrial and domestic pollution, during Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi. During Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the sun god for sustaining life on earth.

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Women pose for a selfie after offering prayers to the rising sun as toxic foam floats on the surface of polluted Yamuna river during Chhath Puja celebrations, at Kalindi Kunj, in New Delhi. Braving hazardous pollution and rain, thousands of women devotees paid obeisance to the rising sun on Sunday morning along the ghats on the Yamuna banks and water bodies in the city, marking the culmination of Chhath Puja.

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Hindu devotee performs rituals in Yamuna river, covered by chemical foam caused due to industrial and domestic pollution, during Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi. During Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the sun god for sustaining life on earth.

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Devotees offers prayers to the rising sun as toxic foam floats on the surface of polluted Yamuna river during Chhath Puja celebrations, at Kalindi Kunj, in New Delhi.Braving hazardous pollution and rain, thousands of women devotees paid obeisance to the rising sun on Sunday morning along the ghats on the Yamuna banks and water bodies in the city, marking the culmination of Chhath Puja.

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Devotees prostrate as they offer prayers to the Sun during Chhath Puja festival in Kolkata.

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Devotees wait to perform rituals during Chhath Puja festival in Kolkata.

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Devotees gather to offer prayers on Chhath Puja, dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, in Kolkata.

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A woman devotee offers prayers to the Sun God during Chhath Puja festival in Kolkata.

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Devotees perform rituals to the Sun God during Chhath Puja festival in Kolkata. During Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival popular amongst the working class, rituals are performed to thank the Sun God for sustaining life on earth.

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People purchase materials for rituals on the eve of 'Chhath Puja' festival celebrations, in Kolkata.

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Woman purchase materials for rituals on the eve of 'Chhath Puja' festival celebrations, in Kolkata.

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Woman purchase materials for rituals on the eve of 'Chhath Puja' festival celebrations, in Kolkata.

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A woman purchase materials for rituals on the eve of 'Chhath Puja' festival celebrations, in Amritsar.

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A woman purchases materials for rituals on the eve of 'Chhath Puja' festival celebrations, in Amritsar.

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Women offer prayers after taking bath in the Ganga river during 'Kharna Puja' of the Chhath Puja festival, in Patna.

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Women apply vermilion on each other after taking bath in the Ganga river during 'Kharna Puja' of the Chhath Puja festival, in Patna.

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Devotees take bath in the Ganga River for the Kharna Puja of the the Chhath festival, in Patna.

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Devotees offer prayers after taking bath in the Ganga River for the Kharna Puja of the the Chhath festival, in Patna.

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Women apply vermilion on each other after taking a holy dip in the Ganga river during ‘Nahay Khay’ part of the Chhath Puja festival, 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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Devotees perform rituals on the occasion of Bhai Dooj in Ranchi.

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A religious procession (Nagar Kirtan) of Sikh devotees leave from Gurdwara Nanak Piao in Delhi for Nankana Sahib in Pakistan, the birthplace of the founder of Sikhism Guru Nanak Dev. The 'Nagar Kirtan' via Ludhiana and Amritsar would be crossing over to Pakistan on October 31 through the Wagah border.

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Workers clean their tools with milk to worship them during Vishwakarma Puja, in Amritsar

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Priests perform ritual after making Lord Girraj from cow dung on the occasion of Goverdhan Puja, at Dwarkadheesh temple in Mathura.

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Devotees perform 'Dandwati Parikrama' on the occasion of Goverdhan Puja, at Goverdhan town near Mathura

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Devotees from Thailand participate in Kathina Chivar daan robe offering ceremony, in Bodh Gaya

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Nepali President Bidya Devi Bhandari pours water on a Buddha statue at her birthday corner as she visits Myanmar famous Shwedagon pagoda, Myanmar.

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Devotees, in traditional attire, participate in a procession on the occasion of Laxmi Puja, in Guwahati.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah during the 'Maha Yajna' organised by VHP, at Birla Mandir, in New Delhi

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah with RSS leader Bhaiya Ji Joshi during the 'Maha Yajna' organised by VHP, at Birla Mandir, in New Delhi

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah during the 'Maha Yajna' organised by VHP, at Birla Mandir, in New Delhi

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President Ram Nath Kovind with First Lady Savita Kovind offers prayers at Harihar Ashram, in Haridwar

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Devotees perform rituals with sacred banana plant on the bank of River Ganga, on the Maha Saptami of Durga puja festival, in Kolkata

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