Devotees stand on the banks of the Bagmati River during the Swasthani Bratakatha festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Jan. 23, 2012. The month-long festival dedicated to Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by her in almost every Hindu household.
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Hindu pilgrims took a dip at the confluence of the Ganges River and the Bay of Bengal at Sagar Island, south of Kolkata, on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. Hindu monks and pilgrims are making an annual trip to Sagar Island for the one-day festival of Makar Sankranti.
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Sagar Island, India.
Hindu pilgrims perform rituals at the Gangasagar festival. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims arrive for the Gangasagar, which culminates in a dip in the ocean at the confluence of the River Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, Jan. 12, 2012.
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A child dressed as Hindu god Ram sat on a bicycle at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, during the annual Magh Mela Festival in Allahabad, India, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012.
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Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers to the sun during The Chhath Festival on the banks of the Hussain Sagar lake in Hyderabad on November 1, 2011. The Chhath festival is observed in the eastern part of India, where homage is paid to the sun and water Gods eights days after Diwali, the festival of lights.
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Indian Hindu devotee offers prayers to the sun during The Chhath Festival at the beach in Mumbai on November 1, 2011. The Chhath festival is observed by people where devotees pray to the sun and water Gods eights days after Diwali, the festival of lights.
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