Dussehra

Oct 16, 2012, 15:44 PM IST
An effigy of demon King Ravana during Dussehra celebrations in New Delhi.
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An effigy of demon King Ravana during Dussehra celebrations in New Delhi.

Hindu devotees are silhouetted as an effigy of demon king Ravana burns during the Dussehra festival in Srinagar.
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Hindu devotees are silhouetted as an effigy of demon king Ravana burns during the Dussehra festival in Srinagar.

Indian Hindu devotees wipe vermilion on each other in front of a large idol of Hindu goddess Durga as they prepare to immerse it in the River Yamuna during Durga Puja festivities in New Delhi.
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Indian Hindu devotees wipe vermilion on each other in front of a large idol of Hindu goddess Durga as they prepare to immerse it in the River Yamuna during Durga Puja festivities in New Delhi.

Indian Hindu devotees carry a large idol of Hindu goddess Durga as they prepare to immerse it in the River Yamuna during Durga Puja festivities in New Delhi.
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Indian Hindu devotees carry a large idol of Hindu goddess Durga as they prepare to immerse it in the River Yamuna during Durga Puja festivities in New Delhi.

Congress party President Sonia Gandhi, center, performs rituals on a person dressed as Hindu God Rama, as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, looks on during Dussehra celebrations in New Delhi.
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Congress party President Sonia Gandhi, center, performs rituals on a person dressed as Hindu God Rama, as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, looks on during Dussehra celebrations in New Delhi.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, center, and Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi, right, take aim with a bow and arrow, as Congress party President Sonia Gandhi looks on before the burning of an effigy of demon King Ravana during Dussehra celebrations in New Delhi.
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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, center, and Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi, right, take aim with a bow and arrow, as Congress party President Sonia Gandhi looks on before the burning of an effigy of demon King Ravana during Dussehra celebrations in New Delhi.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, seated left, and Congress party President Sonia Gandhi watch the burning of an effigy of demon King Ravana during Dussehra celebrations in New Delhi.
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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, seated left, and Congress party President Sonia Gandhi watch the burning of an effigy of demon King Ravana during Dussehra celebrations in New Delhi.

India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel offer prayers as they perform a ritual with their weapons on Vijayadasami Day in Amritsar.
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India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel offer prayers as they perform a ritual with their weapons on Vijayadasami Day in Amritsar.

Bangladeshi Hindu devotees dance during Durga Puja festivities, in Dhaka.
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Bangladeshi Hindu devotees dance during Durga Puja festivities, in Dhaka.

Indian Hindu women apply vermillion on each other during Durga Puja festivities in New Delhi.
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Indian Hindu women apply vermillion on each other during Durga Puja festivities in New Delhi.

Bangladeshi Hindu devotees apply vermillion on each other's face during Durga Puja festivities, in Dhaka.
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Bangladeshi Hindu devotees apply vermillion on each other's face during Durga Puja festivities, in Dhaka.

Devotees visit a temporary worship venue of Hindu goddess Durga on the first day of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata.
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Devotees visit a temporary worship venue of Hindu goddess Durga on the first day of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata.

Indians watch artists sitting on a chariot dressed as Hindu deities from left, Lakshman, Ram and Sita during a Dussehra festival procession early morning in Allahabad.
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Indians watch artists sitting on a chariot dressed as Hindu deities from left, Lakshman, Ram and Sita during a Dussehra festival procession early morning in Allahabad.

A man wearing traditional attire performs Garba during Navratri festival, in Ahmedabad.
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A man wearing traditional attire performs Garba during Navratri festival, in Ahmedabad.

A man wearing traditional attire performs Garba during Navratri festival, in Ahmedabad.
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A man wearing traditional attire performs Garba during Navratri festival, in Ahmedabad.

Artists dressed as Hindu gods, from left, Lakshmana, Rama and Sita, sit on a float during a Dussehra festival procession in Allahabad.
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Artists dressed as Hindu gods, from left, Lakshmana, Rama and Sita, sit on a float during a Dussehra festival procession in Allahabad.

Artists dressed as Hindu gods, from left, Lakshmana, Rama and Sita, sit on a float during a Dussehra festival procession early in the morning in the northern Indian city of Allahabad.
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Artists dressed as Hindu gods, from left, Lakshmana, Rama and Sita, sit on a float during a Dussehra festival procession early in the morning in the northern Indian city of Allahabad.

Workers load an idol of Goddess Durga on a truck to be transported to a
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Workers load an idol of Goddess Durga on a truck to be transported to a "Pandal" or temporary shelter for the occasion of Durga Puja festival, in New Delhi.

An artists in the role of demon king Ravana performs the traditional Ramleela drama, narrating the life of Hindu God Rama, on stage during celebrations to mark Dussehra festival in Allahabad.
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An artists in the role of demon king Ravana performs the traditional Ramleela drama, narrating the life of Hindu God Rama, on stage during celebrations to mark Dussehra festival in Allahabad.

A artist pastes mustaches on to a clay model of a devil for the upcoming Durga Puja festival at a makeshift camp, in New Delhi.
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A artist pastes mustaches on to a clay model of a devil for the upcoming Durga Puja festival at a makeshift camp, in New Delhi.

A woman wearing traditional attire performs Garba, a traditional dance of western Indian state of Gujarat, during Navratri festival celebrations in Ahmedabad.
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A woman wearing traditional attire performs Garba, a traditional dance of western Indian state of Gujarat, during Navratri festival celebrations in Ahmedabad.

Artists in the role of Hindu God Hanuman and Lord Rama perform the traditional Ramleela drama on stage during the celebrations to mark Dussehra festival in Allahabad.
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Artists in the role of Hindu God Hanuman and Lord Rama perform the traditional Ramleela drama on stage during the celebrations to mark Dussehra festival in Allahabad.

Artists rehearse for the inauguration function of Navratri festival in Ahmadabad.
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Artists rehearse for the inauguration function of Navratri festival in Ahmadabad.

An artisan works on an idol of a demon that was slayed by Hindu Goddess Durga, at a workshop ahead of Durga Puja festival in Allahabad.
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An artisan works on an idol of a demon that was slayed by Hindu Goddess Durga, at a workshop ahead of Durga Puja festival in Allahabad.

An artisan paints an idol of Hindu Goddess Durga at a workshop ahead of Durga Puja festival in Gauhati.
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An artisan paints an idol of Hindu Goddess Durga at a workshop ahead of Durga Puja festival in Gauhati.

Laborers wait to transport clay idols of Hindu goddess Durga to different worship venues in Kolkata.
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Laborers wait to transport clay idols of Hindu goddess Durga to different worship venues in Kolkata.

A Hindu devotee offers prayers after taking a holy dip in the River Ganges on the first day of Navratri festival, in Allahabad.
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A Hindu devotee offers prayers after taking a holy dip in the River Ganges on the first day of Navratri festival, in Allahabad.