An Indian artist dressed as a devil gestures to the camera during a procession on the last day of Dusshera celebrations in Mysore, India. According to Hindu mythology the festival celebrates the slaying of the demon Mahishasura by the goddess Chamundeeswari, or Durga, and the triumph of good over evil.
A Nepalese Hindu devotee, dressed as a deity, prepares to participate in festivities at the Shikali Temple during celebrations for the Shikali Jatra festival in the village of Khokana, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on Thursday
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A Hindu boy brushes his teeth with a neem twig as others take a dip on the banks of the Ganges river on the holy day of “Mahalaya” in Kolkata October 4, 2013. 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.
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
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Artists with painted bodies wait to perform the “Pulikali”, or tiger dance, during the Hindu harvest festival of Onam in Kerala, south India. Pulikali is a colourful recreational folk art revolving around the theme of tiger hunting. Read more
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 Read more
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A driver gestures as he decorates his yellow taxi to celebrate Vishwakarma Puja, the festival of the Hindu deity of architecture and machinery, in Kolkata
An artisan works on clay idols of Hindu god Vishwakarma ahead of the festival named after the god in the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar.
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Nepalease Hindu devotees pray as they stand on the banks of the Bagmati river during the Rishi Panchami festival in Kathmandu
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A Sadhu and a dog rest in an alleyway in Varanasi, India. Narrow alleyways, known as gullies, leading to the banks of the Ganges River make up a large part of the city, sacred to Hindus and one of the oldest living cities in the world. Read more