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Brides sit as they wait to take their wedding vows during a mass wedding ceremony at a temple in New Delhi...Brides sit as they wait to take their wedding vows during a mass wedding ceremony at a temple in New Delhi March 3, 3014. A total of 11 couples exchanged wedding vows on Monday during the mass wedding ceremony arranged by a Hindu voluntary organisation, organisers said. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

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Brides sit as they wait to take their wedding vows during a mass wedding ceremony at a temple in New Delhi. Eleven couples exchanged wedding vows on Monday during the mass wedding ceremony arranged by a Hindu voluntary organisation, organisers said. Read more

A Hindu Sadhu (holy man) poses for a photograph during the Maha Shivaratri festival at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu on February 27, 2014. Hindus mark the Maha Shivratri festival by offering special prayers and fasting. Hundreds of sadhus have arrived in Pashupatinath to take part in the Maha Shivaratri festival. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images

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A Hindu Sadhu (holy man) poses for a photograph during the Maha Shivaratri festival at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu today. Hindus mark the festival by offering special prayers and fasting.

A bride takes part in a mass marriage ceremony in Bhopal, India. Some 45 bridal pairs married during the wedding ceremony organised for underprivileged couples under Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojna (Chief Minister Welfare Scheme). Some communities undertake the responsibility of arranging mass marriages for the couples who are financially unsound.

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A bride takes part in a mass marriage ceremony in Bhopal, India. Some 45 bridal pairs married during the wedding ceremony organised for underprivileged couples under Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojna (Chief Minister Welfare Scheme). Some communities undertake the responsibility of arranging mass marriages for the couples who are financially unsound. Read more

members of Indiaís Dongria tribe watch animal sacrifice during the two-day long Niyamraja Festival atop the Niyamgiri hills near Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district, Orissa state, India. Every year, members of this indigenous group celebrate this festival sacrificing animals and birds in worship of their deity. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)

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Members of India’s Dongria tribe watch an animal sacrifice during the two-day Niyamraja Festival atop the Niyamgiri hills near Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district, Orissa state, India. Every year, members of this indigenous group celebrate this festival sacrificing animals and birds in worship of their deity.

Indians light candles as they pay homage to commemorate the first anniversary of the 2013 bomb blasts at the Dilshuk Nagar area of Hyderabad on February 21, 2014. At least 18 people were killed and over 100 injured when bombs ripped through crowded areas of the Indian city of Hyderabad on February 21, 2013.

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Indians light candles to commemorate the first anniversary of the 2013 bomb blasts in Hyderabad.

A supporter of Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party, wears a headgear with a portrait of Modi during a rally in Ahmedabad...A supporter of Gujarat's chief minister and Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), wears a headgear with a portrait of Modi during a rally being addressed by Modi ahead of the 2014 general elections, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad February 20, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave

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A supporter of Narendra Modi, Gujarat’s chief minister and the prime ministerial candidate for India‘s main opposition Bharatiya Janata party, at a rally addressed by Mr Modi in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad ahead of the 2014 general elections Read more

An Indian fisherman rows a boat in the River Ganges, holy to Hindus, in Allahabad, India, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.

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Fishermen row a boat in the Ganges, a river holy to Hindus, in Allahabad, India

Kashmiri Muslim devotees pray as the head priest displays a relic of Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani outside his shrine in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Hundreds of devotees thronged the shrine which houses the relic of the saint to mark the saint's Urs, or yearly commemoration. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)

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Kashmiri Muslim devotees pray as the head priest displays a relic of Sufi saint Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani outside his shrine in Srinagar, India. Thousands thronged to the shrine during the Urs festival Read more

Health workers from different states attend a function to celebrate the third year after India was declared polio free in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.

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Health workers from different states attend a function in New Delhi, India, to celebrate three years since India was declared polio free

A supporter of Tibetans living in exile and of Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) workers shouts pro-Tibetan slogans during a peace march near Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India, 10 February 2014. In order to create awareness about the critical situation in Tibet and to show solidarity with Tibetans inside Tibet, the TYC carried out a Tibetan Uprising March from Dharamsala to Delhi.

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A supporter of Tibetans living in exile and of the Tibetan Youth Congress workers shouts pro-Tibetan slogans during a Tibetan Uprising March from Dharamsala to Delhi