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Indian Hindus devotees are showered with water while taking a pledge before forming a 'human pyramid' during the dahi handi (curd pot) celebrations of Janmashtami, which mark the birth of Hindu god Lord Krishna, in Mumbai, India

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Indian Hindu devotees are showered with water while taking a pledge before forming a ‘human pyramid’ during the dahi handi (curd pot) celebrations of Janmashtami, which mark the birth of Hindu god Lord Krishna, in Mumbai, India

Indian workers take a nap near idols of the elephant-headed Hindu god Lord Ganesha at a roadside workshop in New Delhi on August 8, 2016.

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Indian workers take a nap near idols of the elephant-headed Hindu god Lord Ganesha at a roadside workshop in New Delhi 

An artisan carries an idol of Hindu god Shiva to a workshop through an alley in Kolkata, India, July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.

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An artisan carries an idol of Hindu god Shiva to a workshop through an alley in Kolkata

Hindu devotees offer prayer to Hindu god Shiva during the first Monday of the Hindu month of Shravan in Lucknow, India

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An artist decorates the hand of a Nepalese devotee with mehendi (henna) during Shravan festivities in Kathmandu

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An artist decorates the hand of a Nepalese devotee with mehendi (henna) during Shravan festivities in Kathmandu

A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man performs yoga in a pond during the religious festival of "Kharchi Puja" at Khayerpur on the outskirts of Agartala, India,

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A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man performs yoga in a pond during the religious festival of “Kharchi Puja” at Khayerpur on the outskirts of Agartala, India

A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man walks on the banks of the river Ganges during a dust storm in Allahabad, India, June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash

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A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man walks on the banks of the river Ganges during a dust storm in Allahabad, India

Right-wing organisation Hindu Sena perform Hindu fire rituals in support of Donald Trump in New Delhi...epa05298860 Indian activists from the right-wing organisation Hindu Sena perform Hindu fire rituals in support of US Republicans presidential candidate Donald Trump in New Delhi, India, 11 May 2016. Right-wing organisation Hindu Sena activists prayed to the Hindu gods and performed rituals to ensure the victory of Donald Trump in US Presidential elections and urged the Indian origin people living in USA to vote and support him.  EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

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Indian activists from the right-wing organisation Hindu Sena perform Hindu fire rituals in support of US Republicans presidential candidate Donald Trump in New Delhi, India 

A Nepalese Hindu devotee takes a holy ba...A Nepalese Hindu devotee takes a holy bath as they mark the Mother's Day Festival at Matathirtha on the outskirts of Kathmandu on May 6, 2016.  Nepalese Hindu devotees come from across the country to bathe, offer prayers and leave offerings at the Matathirtha Temple during the event, which honours mothers who have passed away.  / AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMAPRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images

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A Nepalese Hindu devotee takes a holy bath as they mark the Mother’s Day Festival at Matathirtha on the outskirts of Kathmandu

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

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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

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Hindu women collect water from the Pushkar lake to pour on idols of Lord Shiva, on occasion of Mahashivratri festival in Pushkar, India 

Indian dancers perform a fire breathing ...Indian dancers perform a fire breathing act during a procession to mark the 661st anniversary of the birth of Hindu guru Bawa Lal Dayal Maharaj in Amritsar on February 9, 2016. Bawa Lal Dayal Maharaj, a popular leader of his time, is especially revered by devotees of a temple in the town of Dhyanpur, some 45 kms north of Amritsar. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANUNARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images

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Indian dancers perform a fire breathing act during a procession to mark the 661st anniversary of the birth of Hindu guru Bawa Lal Dayal Maharaj in Amritsar

TOPSHOT - An Indian scavenger searches f...TOPSHOT - An Indian scavenger searches for coins offered by Hindu devotees at Sangam during the annual Magh Mela festival in Allahabad on February 5, 2016

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An Indian man searches for coins offered by Hindu devotees at Sangam during the annual Magh Mela festival in Allahabad 

A young Nepalese boy recites from holy scripts as he takes his lessons to become a Hindu priest at a holy school in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. Hinduism is the major religion of Nepal with over 80 percent people identifying themselves as Hindus according to a 2011 census. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

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A young Nepalese boy recites from holy scripts as he takes his lessons to become a Hindu priest at a holy school in Kathmandu, Nepal. Hinduism is the major religion of Nepal with over 80 percent people identifying themselves as Hindus according to a 2011 census 

A Nepalese boy walks out of Pashupatinath hindu temple after offering morning prayers in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

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A Nepalese boy walks out of Pashupatinath hindu temple after offering morning prayers in Kathmandu, Nepal

An Indian Hindu devotee arrives early morning at the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati River, during the Makar Sankranti festival in Allahabad, India, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Makar Sankranti marks the beginning of the sun's northward movement according to the solar calendar and considered to be auspicious.

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An Indian Hindu devotee arrives early morning at the banks of Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati River, during the Makar Sankranti festival in Allahabad, India, Friday

TOPSHOT - Indian Hindu Devotees arrive t...TOPSHOT - Indian Hindu Devotees arrive to take a holy bath and perform rituals at the Gangasagar Island, some 150 kms south of Kolkata, on January 14, 2016.  More than 500,000 Hindu pilgrims and sadhus - holy men - are expected to gather at the confluence of the River Ganges and the Bay of Bengal during the Gangasagar Mela to take a 'holy dip' in the ocean on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, a holy day of the Hindu calendar considered to be of great religious significance in Hindu mythology. AFP PHOTO / DIBYANGSHU SARKAR / AFP / DIBYANGSHU SARKARDIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images

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Indian Hindu Devotees arrive to take a holy bath and perform rituals at the Gangasagar Island, some 150 kms south of Kolkata. More than 500,000 Hindu pilgrims and sadhus are expected to gather at the confluence of the River Ganges and the Bay of Bengal during the Gangasagar Mela to take a ‘holy dip’ in the ocean 

Naga Sadhus or Hindu holy men pass on a chillum to smoke inside their makeshift camps ahead of Makar Sankranti festival at Sagar Island

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Naga Sadhus or Hindu holy men, smeared with ash, pass on a chillum to smoke inside their makeshift camps near the confluence of the river Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, ahead of the “Makar Sankranti” festival at Sagar Island, south of Kolkata, India

A female Hindu pilgrim dries sarees, a traditional Indian cloth used for women's clothing, after taking a dip in the waters of Ganges river on her way to an annual trip to Sagar Island, in Kolkata...A female Hindu pilgrim dries sarees, a traditional Indian cloth used for women's clothing, after taking a dip in the waters of Ganges river on her way to an annual trip to Sagar Island, in Kolkata, India, January 11, 2016. Hindu monks and pilgrims are making the annual trip to Sagar Island for a holy dip at the confluence of the Ganges river and the Bay of Bengal on January 15 this year. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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A female Hindu pilgrim dries sarees, a traditional Indian cloth used for women’s clothing, after taking a dip in the waters of Ganges river on her way to an annual trip to Sagar Island, in Kolkata, India 

A woman bathes her child after worshipping the sun god Surya in the polluted waters of Yamuna river during the Hindu religious festival of Chatt Puja in New Delhi...A woman bathes her child after worshipping the sun god Surya in the polluted waters of Yamuna river during the Hindu religious festival of Chatt Puja in New Delhi, India, November 18, 2015. Hindu women fast for the whole day for the betterment of their families and the society during the festival. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee  TEMPLATE OUT

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A woman bathes her child after worshipping the sun god Surya in the polluted waters of Yamuna river during the Hindu religious festival of Chatt Puja in New Delhi, India