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ndian folk dancers display ornaments during a break while participating in the first night of Navratri

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Indian folk dancers display ornaments during a break while participating in the first night of Navratri in Gandhinagar, some 30 km from Ahmedabad. Navratri festivities, or Dance Festival of Nine Nights, takes place between October 13-21. 

 young Indian boy dressed as Hindu God Shiva walks the banks of the River Ganges looking for alms from devotees on the first day of the nine-day Navratri festival, in Allahabad, India,Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015.  Navaratri lasts for nine days, with three days each devoted to the worship of  the goddess of valor Durga, the goddess of wealth Lakshmi, and the goddess of knowledge Saraswati. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

A young Indian child dressed as the Hindu God Shiva walks the banks of the River Ganges looking for alms from devotees on the first day of the nine-day Navratri festival, in Allahabad, India

Hindu devotees perform morning rituals along the banks of the river Ganges on the first day of the nine-day Hindu festival of Navratri in Allahabad, India, Thursday, April 11, 2013. Navratri honors the Hindu goddess Shakti, or divine mother.

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Hindu devotees perform morning rituals along the banks of the river Ganges on the first day of the nine-day Hindu festival of Navratri in Allahabad, India, Thursday, April 11, 2013. Navratri honors the Hindu goddess Shakti, or divine mother.