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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
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
A Muslim man rests as he waits to offer evening prayers and to break his fast during the holy month of Ramadan at the ruins of the Feroz Shah Kotla mosque in New Delhi
A Muslim man calls for the evening prayer after having his iftar (breaking of fast) meal during the holy month of Ramadan at the ruins of the Feroz Shah Kotla mosque in New Delhi, India.
An Indian Sadhu (holy man) prays on the roadside in New Delhi on Monday
A Hindu holy man asks for alms as he walks amongst birds flying at a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai on Wednesday
An Indian Sikh devotee takes a dip in the holy sarovar (water tank) at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Devotees are visiting Sikhism’s holiest shrine to mark the 545th birthday of Sri Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of the religion of Sikhism and the first of ten Sikh Gurus.
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.
Iraqi Shias clean the grave of a relative at one of the world’s biggest cemeteries in the holy city of Najaf, on Tuesday in Iraq
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.
An Orthodox Jewish woman reads from a holy book as she prays at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem‘s old city. A group known as Women of the Wall convene monthly for prayers, wearing prayer shawls and performing rituals that ultra-Orthodox Jews believe only men are allowed to do.
Algerian Muslim pilgrims in Mecca for the hajj take pictures on the Mountain of Mercy, near the Saudi Arabian holy city. The hajj, a central pillar of Islam and one that able-bodied Muslims must make once in their lives, is a four-day spiritual cleansing based on centuries of interpretation of the traditions of Prophet Muhammad.
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.
A Sadhu, Hindu holy man, sits on a table outside the temple of Hindu God Shiva in Allahabad, India, to observe the Monday fast on Shravan Somwar. All Mondays (Somwar) during the Hindu month of Shravan are considered highly auspicious for fasting and offering prayer to Lord Shiva, the god of destruction
An Israeli soldier sleeps as ultra-Orthodox Jewish youths pray on Tisha B’Av at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City, on Tuesday
Afghan workers make sweets at a traditional ‘jelabi’ (sweet) factory ahead of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Herat on Monday. Throughout the month, devout Muslims must abstain from food and drink from dawn until sunset when they break the fast with the Iftar meal. Traditionally, dates are known as the food the prophet Mohammad ate when he broke from his fast