The festival of nine nights

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Surinamese Hindu devotees carry a statue of the Hindu Goddess Durga while participating in Jalyatra, a procession in which they carry a clay water jar with a dried coconut to symbolize the earth and its blessings on the eve of the Navratri festival of nine nights.

Surinamese Hindu devotees carry a statue of the Hindu Goddess Durga while participating in Jalyatra, a procession in which they carry a clay water jar with a dried coconut to symbolize the earth and its blessings on the eve of the Navratri festival of nine nights.

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An Italian participant, center in traditional Indian attire performs with others in a rehearsal for Navratri festival celebrations in Ahmadabad.

An Italian participant, center in traditional Indian attire performs with others in a rehearsal for Navratri festival celebrations in Ahmadabad.

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A devotee wears a mask of elephant-headed Hindu God Ganesha as he celebrates along with others the first day of Navratri festival in Mumbai.

A devotee wears a mask of elephant-headed Hindu God Ganesha as he celebrates along with others the first day of Navratri festival in Mumbai.

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Devotees carry an idol of Goddess Durga for worship during Navratri festival in Mumbai.

Devotees carry an idol of Goddess Durga for worship during Navratri festival in Mumbai.

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Pullivesha (tiger) dancer perform at the procession bringing in the goddess' idol on the first day of the Navratri festival.

Pullivesha (tiger) dancer perform at the procession bringing in the goddess' idol on the first day of the Navratri festival.

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Devotees bring in the Goddess Durga's idol through a procession on the first day of the Navratri festival at Tembi Naka, Thane.

Devotees bring in the Goddess Durga's idol through a procession on the first day of the Navratri festival at Tembi Naka, Thane.

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Chunky Pandey along with Kajal Agarwal take part in 'Dandiya' programme during Navratri celebrations in Thane.

Chunky Pandey along with Kajal Agarwal take part in 'Dandiya' programme during Navratri celebrations in Thane.

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Younsters playing Garbaras on occassion of Navratri Festival at Kora kendra, Borivali.

Younsters playing Garbaras on occassion of Navratri Festival at Kora kendra, Borivali.

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People in traditional attire take part in Garba, a traditional dance of Gujarat on the first night of nine nights festival Navratri in Ahmadabad.

People in traditional attire take part in Garba, a traditional dance of Gujarat on the first night of nine nights festival Navratri in Ahmadabad.

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