© The Financial Times Ltd 2015 FT and 'Financial Times' are trademarks of The Financial Times Ltd.
A Hindu holy man asks for alms as he walks amongst birds flying at a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai on Wednesday
A Hindu woman offers prayers to the Sun god after taking a dip at the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, on ‘Mauni Amavasya’ or new moon day, the third and most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month-long Hindu religious fair ‘Magh Mela’ in Allahabad, India.
A devotee reacts to smoke as others prepare ritual rice dishes to offer to the Hindu Sun God as they attend Pongal celebrations at a slum in Mumbai
A Sadhu or a Hindu holy man takes a holy bath at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers, on a foggy winter morning during the Makar Sankranti festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. Makar Sankranti is celebrated by Hindus across the country and marks the start of the harvest season.
A sadhu, a Hindi holy man, arrives with thousands of devotees take holy dip in the waters of Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers – in the northern Indian city of Allahabad for the Magh Mela religious festival
Racers in the five-kilometre “Running in Colour” event approach the finish line in Tel Aviv, Israel. Inspired by the Hindu Holi festival, coloured powders were thrown over runners during the event, which was held to raise awareness about post traumatic stress disorder.
Indian Hindu devotees offer prayers on the banks of the Yamuna river as the landmark Taj Mahal monument is seen in the background during daybreak in Agra.Devotees pay obeisance to both the rising and the setting sun in the Chhath festival when people express their thanks and seek the blessings of the forces of nature, mainly the sun and river.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Hindu girls dressed up as Kumari (an unmarried girl) wait for rituals to start during Ramnavmi festival at the Adyapeath Ashram on the outskirts of Kolkata on Tuesday
A Hindu holy man waves to attract tourists as he stands seeking alms at the Pashupatinath Hindu temple premises in Katmandu, Nepal. The Pashupatinath temple on the banks of the Bagmati River is one of the most revered temples of Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of death and destruction.