Young girls yet to attain puberty are dressed up as living goddesses before being worshipped as ‘kumari’ or virgin during the Bengali Hindu festival of Basanti Durga puja in Kolkata, India
An Indian artist puts the final touches to statues of the Hindu God Lord Ram ahead of the Sri Rama Navami Festival at a workshop in Hyderabad
A man covers his face as he pushes a bicycle through a dust storm on the banks of the Ganga river in Allahabad, India
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A devotee with his body painted poses as he waits to perform during a ritual as part of the annual Shiva Gajan religious festival at Sona Palasi village, in West Bengal, India
A man sleeps on a girder between the two pillars of a bridge on the Sabarmati river during a hot day in Ahmedabad, India
Security personnel stand guard near the venue of a Congress party election rally in Guwahati, Assam, India
Indian voters pose for a photograph with their identity cards as they queue to cast their ballots in the state assembly elections at a polling station in Diphu, India
Indian rescue workers work on a partially collapsed overpass in Kolkata, India. A long section collapsed, with tons of concrete and steel falling midday traffic, killing several and injuring many.
An Indian Christian girl watches another praying during Easter mass at a church in Gauhati, India
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Local band members wait to board a passenger bus to reach a wedding procession venue in Kolkata, India
Hindu devotees daubed in colours sing religious songs inside a temple during Holi celebrations in Ahmedabad, India
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Hindu widows apply colour powder to each other during Holi celebrations at the Gopinath temple near New Delhi.
Indian villagers are covered in coloured powder during the Lathmar Holi festival at the Radha Rani temple in Barsana, India
A man carries buckets filled with water on the banks of the river Ganges in Allahabad, India. Some 650 million people, or one in 10 of the world’s population, have no access to safe water, putting them at risk of infectious diseases and premature death
Indian Border Security Force personnel toss their rifles to celebrate after their passing-out parade in Humhama on the outskirts of Srinagar
Indian workers prepare the pitch for the ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket tournament at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium in Dharmsala, India.
Hindu women collect water from the Pushkar lake to pour on idols of Lord Shiva, on occasion of Mahashivratri festival in Pushkar, India
Demonstrators from Indian Youth Congress (IYC) burn an effigy of Indian education minister Smriti Irani during a protest march near the Indian Parliament in New Delhi, India. Hundreds of activists gathered to protest and express solidarity for Rohith Vemula, a student of the University of Hyderabad who was found hanging at a hostel in January this year.
An Indian girl studies by candle light in a slum area without electric power in Phillaur, around 50 km from Jalandhar. India’s government will work to ensure all the country’s villages have electricity within two years, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, as he presented the annual budget on Monday
Indian workers carry a bag containing copies of the federal budget for the year 2016-17, that will be distributed to lawmakers at the parliament house in New Delhi, India.