Photos: Dashama offerings leave Sabarmati waters murky in Ahmedabad

The Dashama vrat, performed in the first ten days of the Hindu month of Shravan is an invitation of the goddess Dashama into one's home, the observing of a partial fast lasting ten days, and a farewell to the idol by immersion into the Sabarmati river in hopes of prosperity and good fortune.

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The Dashama vrat is a festival and fast local to Gujarat and dedicated to the goddess Dashama. This ten-day festival marked by the advent of the Shravan month of the Hindu calendar culminates with the immersion of the idols of this deity near the banks of the Sabarmati river. (Ajit Solanki / AP)

The Dashama vrat is a festival and fast local to Gujarat and dedicated to the goddess Dashama. This ten-day festival marked by the advent of the Shravan month of the Hindu calendar culminates with the immersion of the idols of this deity near the banks of the Sabarmati river. (Ajit Solanki / AP)

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A devotee offers prayers to an idol, a day after Dashama festival ahead of its immersion in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The festival was observed from July 24th and culminated on August 02nd this year. During this period mostly women members of the family bring home a statue of the goddess and offer it wheat and betel nut. The person who brings in the statue then undergoes a ten day partial fast, living on a wheat based diet and one meal a day. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

A devotee offers prayers to an idol, a day after Dashama festival ahead of its immersion in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The festival was observed from July 24th and culminated on August 02nd this year. During this period mostly women members of the family bring home a statue of the goddess and offer it wheat and betel nut. The person who brings in the statue then undergoes a ten day partial fast, living on a wheat based diet and one meal a day. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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People sit amidst idols as they wait to load them onto a truck, a day after Dashama festival during which Hindu devotees keep idols of goddess Dashama in their houses for ten days before immersing or placing them near the banks of the Sabarmati river. The rituals involved in the festival and its associated period of fasting are supposed to aid prosperity and improve one’s destiny. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

People sit amidst idols as they wait to load them onto a truck, a day after Dashama festival during which Hindu devotees keep idols of goddess Dashama in their houses for ten days before immersing or placing them near the banks of the Sabarmati river. The rituals involved in the festival and its associated period of fasting are supposed to aid prosperity and improve one’s destiny. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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Devotees immerse an idol of Hindu goddess Dashama into the Sabarmati marking the end of Dashama festival in Ahmedabad. Once the fast is completed, the concerned family member undertakes the task of immersing the idol, as a sign of bidding farewell. (Ajit Solanki / AP)

Devotees immerse an idol of Hindu goddess Dashama into the Sabarmati marking the end of Dashama festival in Ahmedabad. Once the fast is completed, the concerned family member undertakes the task of immersing the idol, as a sign of bidding farewell. (Ajit Solanki / AP)

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Men wade through religious offerings and immersed idols by the bank of the Sabarmati river which cuts through Ahmedabad, to collect coconuts and other reusables thrown by devotees. (PTI)

Men wade through religious offerings and immersed idols by the bank of the Sabarmati river which cuts through Ahmedabad, to collect coconuts and other reusables thrown by devotees. (PTI)

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Idols of Hindu goddess Dashama float among flowers, fruit and material offerings along with plastic waste in the waters of the Sabarmati in Ahmedabad, India. The practice of immersing idols into water bodies is observed across India during a number of festivals. The impact on the water bodies’ health however stems from inadequate attention to clean-up measures and the impact of waste and dyes on ecology. (Ajit Solanki / AP)

Idols of Hindu goddess Dashama float among flowers, fruit and material offerings along with plastic waste in the waters of the Sabarmati in Ahmedabad, India. The practice of immersing idols into water bodies is observed across India during a number of festivals. The impact on the water bodies’ health however stems from inadequate attention to clean-up measures and the impact of waste and dyes on ecology. (Ajit Solanki / AP)

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A man on a makeshift raft sifts through murky waters in search of coconuts and other items thrown as offerings by worshippers into the Sabarmati river a day after the completion of the Dashama rituals. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

A man on a makeshift raft sifts through murky waters in search of coconuts and other items thrown as offerings by worshippers into the Sabarmati river a day after the completion of the Dashama rituals. (Amit Dave / REUTERS)

UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2017 03:14 PM IST
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