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Hindu girls dressed up as Kumari wait for rituals to start during Ramnavmi festival on outskirts of Kolkata

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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

Young Indian Hindu's are worshipped as 'Kumari', a young  unmarried  girl, at the Adyapeath Ashram on the outskirts of  Kolkata on April 19, 2013. Kumari Puja, a  tradition of worshipping young girls as manifestations of the divine female energy, is a part of the  annual Hindu festival Ram Navami.

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Young Indian Hindus are worshipped as ‘Kumari’, young unmarried girls, at the Adyapeath Ashram on the outskirts of Calcutta on Friday. Kumari Puja, a tradition of worshipping young girls as manifestations of the divine female energy, is a part of the annual Hindu festival Ram Navami.