India celebrates Navratri

Sep 24, 2011, 16:01 PM IST
Devotees perform the Garba, a traditional dance of the western Indian state of Gujarat.
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Devotees perform the Garba, a traditional dance of the western Indian state of Gujarat.

A Hindu woman holds a pot of holy smoke while dancing as a part of religious rituals for offering prayers during Hindu festival Durga Puja in Mumbai.
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A Hindu woman holds a pot of holy smoke while dancing as a part of religious rituals for offering prayers during Hindu festival Durga Puja in Mumbai.

Indian devotees holds earthen lamps and take part in Maha Aarti ritual at Hindu deity Umiya Mata temple on the eighth night of Navratri or nine nights festival in Surat.
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Indian devotees holds earthen lamps and take part in Maha Aarti ritual at Hindu deity Umiya Mata temple on the eighth night of Navratri or nine nights festival in Surat.

Hindu women dance around Bathukammas, floral arrangement representing the giver of life, during the Bathukamma festival dedicated to the Hindu goddess Gauri.
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Hindu women dance around Bathukammas, floral arrangement representing the giver of life, during the Bathukamma festival dedicated to the Hindu goddess Gauri.

Indian artists dressed as Hindu God Rama, left, and his brother Lakshman sit on a tableau during a Dussehra festival procession in Allahabad.
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Indian artists dressed as Hindu God Rama, left, and his brother Lakshman sit on a tableau during a Dussehra festival procession in Allahabad.

Hindu devotees offer prayers before an idol of goddess Durga, center, during the Durga Puja festival in Allahabad.
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Hindu devotees offer prayers before an idol of goddess Durga, center, during the Durga Puja festival in Allahabad.

Indian youths dressed as Hindu gods ride on a cart during a procession ahead of Dussehra festival in New Delhi.
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Indian youths dressed as Hindu gods ride on a cart during a procession ahead of Dussehra festival in New Delhi.

An Indian worker cleans model horses on the front of a cart used in a theatrical performance celebrating the upcoming Dussehra festival in New Delhi.
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An Indian worker cleans model horses on the front of a cart used in a theatrical performance celebrating the upcoming Dussehra festival in New Delhi.

Indian vendors sell flower garlands at a wholesale market on the second day of Hindu festival Durga Puja in Kolkata.
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Indian vendors sell flower garlands at a wholesale market on the second day of Hindu festival Durga Puja in Kolkata.

Young Indian artists dressed as Hindu Gods and Goddesses participate in a Dussehra procession in Allahabad.
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Young Indian artists dressed as Hindu Gods and Goddesses participate in a Dussehra procession in Allahabad.

Young Indian artists dressed as Hindu deities Radha, right and Krishna, left, participate in a Dussehra procession in Allahabad.
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Young Indian artists dressed as Hindu deities Radha, right and Krishna, left, participate in a Dussehra procession in Allahabad.

Indian woman Ushaben Dave, 64, wears dozens of oil lamps during celebrations for the festival of Navratri in Ahmedabad.
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Indian woman Ushaben Dave, 64, wears dozens of oil lamps during celebrations for the festival of Navratri in Ahmedabad.

A Hindu priest worships goddess Durga on the first day of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata.
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A Hindu priest worships goddess Durga on the first day of the Durga Puja festival in Kolkata.

Indian artists dressed as Hindu deities Rama and Lakshmana, left, touch a horse before riding on it during a Dussehra procession in Allahabad.
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Indian artists dressed as Hindu deities Rama and Lakshmana, left, touch a horse before riding on it during a Dussehra procession in Allahabad.

An Indian artist gives finishing touches to an idol of Hindu Goddess Durga, ahead of Durga puja festival in Allahabad.
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An Indian artist gives finishing touches to an idol of Hindu Goddess Durga, ahead of Durga puja festival in Allahabad.

Indians dressed as Gods and Goddesses participate in a religious procession during Dussehra festival in Allahabad.
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Indians dressed as Gods and Goddesses participate in a religious procession during Dussehra festival in Allahabad.

Worshiping the goddess mother in her various forms over nine consecutive nights, the annual Navratri festival commences with adoration of the feminine as Meenakshi, on the first night of this popular Hindu celebration.
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Worshiping the goddess mother in her various forms over nine consecutive nights, the annual Navratri festival commences with adoration of the feminine as Meenakshi, on the first night of this popular Hindu celebration.

Hindu devotees dance as they celebrate the first day of Navratri festival in Mumbai.
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Hindu devotees dance as they celebrate the first day of Navratri festival in Mumbai.

Indian women in traditional attire take part in Garba, a traditional dance of western Indian state of Gujarat, on the second night of the nine-night festival
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Indian women in traditional attire take part in Garba, a traditional dance of western Indian state of Gujarat, on the second night of the nine-night festival "Navratri" in Ahmadabad.

Indians in traditional attire take part in Garba, a traditional dance of western Indian state of Gujarat on the first night of nine nights festival
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Indians in traditional attire take part in Garba, a traditional dance of western Indian state of Gujarat on the first night of nine nights festival "Navratri" in Ahmadabad.

An Indian student participates in a traditional dance during the Navratri festival in Ahmedabad.
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An Indian student participates in a traditional dance during the Navratri festival in Ahmedabad.

Residents celebrate Navratri Raas-Garba Mahotsav. The city police have asked the all the garba organizers install closed circuit television cameras as a precautionary measure.
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Residents celebrate Navratri Raas-Garba Mahotsav. The city police have asked the all the garba organizers install closed circuit television cameras as a precautionary measure.

A crafstman puts mud on hay figurines at a workshop in New Delhi.
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A crafstman puts mud on hay figurines at a workshop in New Delhi.

Last minute details are added on Ganesh idol by an artist ahead of Durga Puja celebrations in New Delhi.
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Last minute details are added on Ganesh idol by an artist ahead of Durga Puja celebrations in New Delhi.

Beautiful Durga Idol at a workshop in CR Park in New Delhi
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Beautiful Durga Idol at a workshop in CR Park in New Delhi

Idols lined up at an artisan's workshop in New Delhi.
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Idols lined up at an artisan's workshop in New Delhi.

Idols lined up at an artisan's workshop in New Delhi.
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Idols lined up at an artisan's workshop in New Delhi.

Durga Idol at a workshop in New Delhi.
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Durga Idol at a workshop in New Delhi.

A craftsman mixes colours at a workshop ahead of Durga Puja in New Delhi.
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A craftsman mixes colours at a workshop ahead of Durga Puja in New Delhi.

A painter paints eyes on a Lakshmi idol. Last minute preparations are being done on numerous Durga idols ahead of Durga Puja.
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A painter paints eyes on a Lakshmi idol. Last minute preparations are being done on numerous Durga idols ahead of Durga Puja.

A worker mixes paint at workshop in C R Park in New Delhi.
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A worker mixes paint at workshop in C R Park in New Delhi.

Idols lined up at an artisan's workshop in New Delhi.
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Idols lined up at an artisan's workshop in New Delhi.