Women from Nandgaon village hold wooden sticks as they wait for the arrival of men from Barsana, during the Lathmar Holi festival at Nandgaon, 120 km south of New Delhi, India. According to a tradition that has its roots in Hindu mythology, men from Barsana are soaked in coloured water by men and beaten with sticks by women as they arrive at Nandgaon, believed to be Lord Krishna’s village Read more
Sixty-five-year old Indian widow Urmila Tiwari poses at the Meerasahabhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, some 135 kilometres south of New Delhi, ahead of International Women’s Day. Ms Tiwari has lived at the ashram for over a year and says, “I love to live here, among good people”. Banished by families who see them as a financial drain, or believe they bring bad fortune, desperately poor widows have for centuries travelled to the northern city of Vrindavan, where the Hindu god Krishna is said to have grown up, to pray and wait to die. The Meerasahabhagini Ashram run by the Sulabh International NGO offers a place where some of Vrindavans estimated 15,000 widows can live together, providing support and friendship that bind them into a community. International Women’s Day falls on Saturday Read more
Brides sit as they wait to take their wedding vows during a mass wedding ceremony at a temple in New Delhi. Eleven couples exchanged wedding vows on Monday during the mass wedding ceremony arranged by a Hindu voluntary organisation, organisers said. Read more
Hindu devotees in Nepal offer prayers by rolling on the ground after performing a bathing ritual on the final day of the Swasthani Festival near the Hanumante River at Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu
Monkeys swarm around a devout Hindu as he arrives with a packet of biscuits to feed them as part of a charitable act in New Delhi, India. Hindus believe that feeding monkeys brings them the blessings of the Hindu monkey god Lord Hanuman.
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Hindu priests wait for devotees at Sangam, the confluence of the Hindu holy rivers of Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, during the annual traditional fair called “Magh Mela” in Allahabad, India.
Hindu devotees gather to bathe in the Shali River on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. Hundreds of married and unmarried women in the Himalayan nation have started a month-long fast in the hope of a prosperous life and conjugal happiness
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A Hindu devotee prays while taking a dip at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna, during the Makar Sankranti festival, which also marks the beginning of the 45-days Magh Mela in Allahabad, India.
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