Mayhalaya

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

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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.