In pics: Navratri rituals leave behind polluted rivers

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A man throws the puja offerings in Yamuna River at the end of Navratri festival in New Delhi. As the festival of Navratri ended, the rivers are once again in complete mess with several tonnes of flowers, polythene packets and other religious offerings floating on water. (Manvender Vashist / PTI)

A man throws the puja offerings in Yamuna River at the end of Navratri festival in New Delhi. As the festival of Navratri ended, the rivers are once again in complete mess with several tonnes of flowers, polythene packets and other religious offerings floating on water. (Manvender Vashist / PTI)

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Rivers in India are worshipped as holy places by millions of pilgrims. But due to certain rituals and practices, pilgrimages have become on of the major causes of river pollution in India. (hanni Anand / AP)

Rivers in India are worshipped as holy places by millions of pilgrims. But due to certain rituals and practices, pilgrimages have become on of the major causes of river pollution in India. (hanni Anand / AP)

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Recently, the Uttarakhand high court declared the Ganga and Yamuna living entities, bestowing on them same legal rights as a person, a move that could help in efforts to clean the pollution-choked rivers. (Manvender Vashist / PTI)

Recently, the Uttarakhand high court declared the Ganga and Yamuna living entities, bestowing on them same legal rights as a person, a move that could help in efforts to clean the pollution-choked rivers. (Manvender Vashist / PTI)

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A devotee offers prayers to the Sun god in the waters of the River Tawi during the annual Hindu festival of Navratri in Jammu. (Mukesh Gupta / REUTERS)

A devotee offers prayers to the Sun god in the waters of the River Tawi during the annual Hindu festival of Navratri in Jammu. (Mukesh Gupta / REUTERS)

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An elephant eats barley saplings offered by Hindu devotees in the River Tawi during Navratri festival in Jammu. The offerings are made as part of a ritual marking the end of nine day long Navaratri festival. (Channi Anand / AP)

An elephant eats barley saplings offered by Hindu devotees in the River Tawi during Navratri festival in Jammu. The offerings are made as part of a ritual marking the end of nine day long Navaratri festival. (Channi Anand / AP)

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Devotees pray at the historical Goddess Kali temple on the last day of Navratri festival. (PTI)

Devotees pray at the historical Goddess Kali temple on the last day of Navratri festival. (PTI)

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A scavenger boy collects barley saplings offered by Hindu devotees in the River Tawi during Navratri festival. (Channi Anand / AP)

A scavenger boy collects barley saplings offered by Hindu devotees in the River Tawi during Navratri festival. (Channi Anand / AP)

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Ragpickers search for coins, gold and offerings in the polluted waters of the Yamuna River after the Navratri festival. (Manvender Vashist/ PTI)

Ragpickers search for coins, gold and offerings in the polluted waters of the Yamuna River after the Navratri festival. (Manvender Vashist/ PTI)

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