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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
Cycle rickshaw drivers sleep by the roadside in the early morning in Kolkata, India.
An exhausted firefighter rests while his colleagues continue to extinguish a huge fire in the Shalimar Paints factory in Howrah, 30km west of Kolkata, India, on Wednesday morning
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.
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