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Potters colour earthen lamps at a workshop ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in Amritsar...Potters colour earthen lamps at a workshop ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali in the northern Indian city of Amritsar October 15, 2014. Earthen lamps are sold in large numbers during Diwali, the annual Hindu festival of lights, as people use them to decorate their homes. The Diwali festival will be observed this year on October 23. REUTERS/Munish Sharma (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY)

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Potters colour earthen lamps at a workshop ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali, in the northern Indian city of Amritsar. Lamps are sold in large numbers during the festival of lights, as people use them to decorate their homes. Diwali will be observed this year on October 23. Read more

A Hindu devotee prays in a holy pond on the auspicious day of "Mahalaya" in Mumbai on Wednesday. Hindus offer prayers with holy water after taking a dip in the river to honour the souls of their departed ancestors during Mahalaya, which is also called 'Shraadh' or Pitra Paksha.

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A Hindu prays in a holy pond on the auspicious day of Mahalaya in Mumbai. Hindus offer prayers with holy water after taking a dip in the river to honour the souls of their departed ancestors during Mahalaya, which is also called Shraadh or Pitra Paksha

Devotees carry an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, during a procession through the streets before immersing it in the waters of the Arabian Sea on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai

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Devotees carry an idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, during a procession through the streets before immersing it in the waters of the Arabian Sea on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai.

Dancers participate in festivities marking the start of the annual harvest festival of "Onam" in the southern Indian city of Kochi August 29, 2014. The ten-day-long Hindu festival is celebrated annually in India's southern coastal state of Kerala to commemorate the return of King Mahabali to his beloved subjects.

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Dancers participate in festivities marking the start of the annual harvest festival of “Onam” in the southern Indian city of Kochi. The ten-day-long Hindu festival is celebrated annually in India’s southern coastal state of Kerala to commemorate the return of King Mahabali to his beloved subjects

Indian Hindu devotees gesture before attempting to form a human pyramid in a bid to reach and break a dahi-handi (curd-pot) suspended in air during celebrations for the Janmashtami festival, which marks the birth of Hindu god Lord Krishna, in Mumbai on August 18, 2014. Participants receive prize money by constructing a human pyramid tall enough to enable the topmost person to reach the pot and claim the contents after breaking it.  AFP PHOTO/ INDRANIL MUKHERJEEINDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images

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Hindu devotees in Mumbai, India form a human pyramid in an effort to reach and break a dahi-handi (curd-pot) suspended in the air during celebrations for the Janmashtami festival, which marks the birth of Krishna. Participants win prize money by helping the topmost person to reach the pot and claim the contents. Read more

A man brushes his teeth as another reads a newspaper while a Hindu holy man sips tea in the morning in front of a closed shop in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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A man brushes his teeth as another reads a newspaper while a Hindu holy man sips tea in the morning in front of a closed shop in Allahabad, IndiaRead more

A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man offers milk to the waters of holy river Ganga as part of his morning prayers in the northern Indian city of Allahabad June 26, 2014.

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A Sadhu Hindu holy man offers milk at the waters of the holy river Ganga as part of his morning prayers in the northern Indian city of Allahabad

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A girl, left, sells flowers as Hindu devotees arrive for a ritualistic holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of rivers the Ganges and the Yamuna in Allahabad, India, on Tuesday

Balinese Hindus celebrate Galungan Day...GIANYAR, BALI, INDONESIA - MAY 21:  A Balinese Hindus man pours holy water for belivers during they celebrate Galungan Day at a temple on May 21, 2014 in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia. Galungan is an important feast for Balinese Hindus which is held every 210 days according to the Balinese calendar, to honor the creator of the universe and the spirits of the honored ancestors. The festival symbolize the victory of "dharma", or truth, above "adharma", or evil.  (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)

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A Balinese Hindu man pours holy water during Galungan Day celebrations at a temple in Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia. Galungan is an important feast for Balinese Hindus and is held every 210 days according to the Balinese calendar to honour the creator of the universe and the spirits of the ancestors. The festival symbolises the victory of truth over evil Read more

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 Read more