Holy waters: India

Presenting the Hindu bathing festival - celebrated by devotees from various parts of India and Nepal.

Nepalese Hindu women take holy dips at the Salinadi River during the first day of Madhav Narayan Festival. Hindu women observe a fast and pray to Goddess Swasthani for the longevity of their husbands during the festival. ? AP Photo
Nepalese Hindu women take holy dips at the Salinadi River during the first day of Madhav Narayan Festival. Hindu women observe a fast and pray to Goddess Swasthani for the longevity of their husbands during the festival. ? AP Photo
A Hindu girl smiles while resting after taking a holy bath at Saali River. The month-long festival is dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, and involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many Hindu households ? Reuters Photo
A Hindu girl smiles while resting after taking a holy bath at Saali River. The month-long festival is dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, and involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many Hindu households ? Reuters Photo
A Hindu devotee's feet are seen while he rolls on the ground during the first day of Swasthani Brata Katha festival at Saali River. - Reuters Photo
A Hindu devotee's feet are seen while he rolls on the ground during the first day of Swasthani Brata Katha festival at Saali River. - Reuters Photo
Students hold earthen pitchers filled with water as they take a holy bath ahead of the Magh Mela festival during a ceremony in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. ? Reuters Photo
Students hold earthen pitchers filled with water as they take a holy bath ahead of the Magh Mela festival during a ceremony in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. ? Reuters Photo
A Hindu women smokes marijuana as she sits at the Sangam on "Paush Purnima," the first auspicious day of holy dip during Magh Mela at Sangam in Allahabad, India. Magh Mela, the annual Hindu ritual, involves bathing on auspicious dates spread over a period of 45 days. ? AP Photo
A Hindu women smokes marijuana as she sits at the Sangam on "Paush Purnima," the first auspicious day of holy dip during Magh Mela at Sangam in Allahabad, India. Magh Mela, the annual Hindu ritual, involves bathing on auspicious dates spread over a period of 45 days. ? AP Photo
Nepalese Hindu women warm themselves up beside fires after taking a bath in the holy Shali River on the outskirts of Kathmandu.Hundreds of married and unmarried women in the Himalayan nation have started a month-long fast in the hope of a prosperous life and conjugal happiness. ? AFP Photo
Nepalese Hindu women warm themselves up beside fires after taking a bath in the holy Shali River on the outskirts of Kathmandu.Hundreds of married and unmarried women in the Himalayan nation have started a month-long fast in the hope of a prosperous life and conjugal happiness. ? AFP Photo
Hindu devotees take on "Paush Purnima". ? AP Photo
Hindu devotees take on "Paush Purnima". ? AP Photo

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