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Residents and visitors to a ghat swim an...Residents and visitors to a ghat swim and sit by the banks of the Ganges river after sunrise in Varanasi in May 18, 2014. The Ganges river is considered sacred in the Hindu religion and is revered as a goddess.  AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDTROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images

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Residents and visitors swim and sit by the banks of the Ganges river after sunrise in Varanasi, India. The Ganges river is considered sacred in the Hindu religion and is revered as a goddess 

An Indian artisan works on an unfinished...An Indian artisan works on an unfinished clay idol of the Hindu Godess 'Durga' at a workshed in Bangalore on September 30, 2013,  in preparation for forthcoming Dasara Festival celebrations. "Dasara", derived from the Sanskrit Dasha-hara meaning "remover of bad fate", is among the most important festivals celebrated by the Hindus in India. AFP PHOTO/Manjunath KIRANManjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images

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An artisan in India works on an unfinished clay idol of the Hindu Goddess Durga at a workshop in Bangalore. It is in preparation for the forthcoming Dussehra festival. Dussehra, derived from the Sanskrit Dasha-hara, meaning “remover of bad fate”, is among the most important celebrations in the Hindus religious calendar

TOPSHOTS A young Nepalese girl dressed i...TOPSHOTS A young Nepalese girl dressed in the outfit of a Kumari, the living goddess, looks on as she takes part in Kumari Puja rituals at Hanuman Dhoka in Durbar Square of Kathmandu on September 17, 2013.   Some 504 girls under the age of nine from across the country have been brought to the temple for mass worship, protection from evil, and good luck in the future. Kumari, or Kumari Devi, is the tradition of worshiping young pre-pubescent girls as manifestations of the divine female energy or devi in Hindu religious traditions.     AFP PHOTO/ Prakash MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images

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A young Nepalese girl dressed as a Kumari, the living goddess, looks on as she takes part in Kumari Puja rituals at Hanuman Dhoka in Durbar Square, Kathmandu. Some 504 girls under the age of nine from across the country have been brought to the temple for mass worship, protection from evil, and good luck in the future. Kumari, or Kumari Devi, is the tradition of worshiping young pre-pubescent girls as manifestations of the divine female energy or devi in Hindu religious traditions 

A Hindu devotee gets her tongue pierced with a trident as she takes part in an annual religious procession called Shitla Mata in Ahmedabad...A Hindu devotee gets her tongue pierced with a trident as she takes part in an annual religious procession called Shitla Mata in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad April 29, 2013. Hindu devotees subject themselves to painful rituals during the religious procession to demonstrate their faith and as a penance to the deity at a temple dedicated to the goddess Shitla. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)

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A Hindu devotee gets her tongue pierced with a trident as she takes part in an annual religious procession called Shitla Mata in Ahmedabad, India