Nepal's sacred thread festival

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A Hindu devotee wears a new sacred thread after changing it during the Janai Purnima (sacred thread festival) at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu. (Reuters)

A Hindu devotee wears a new sacred thread after changing it during the Janai Purnima (sacred thread festival) at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu. (Reuters)

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A Hindu priest takes a holy bath as part of a ritual during the Janai Purnima festival (sacred thread festival) at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. (Reuters)

A Hindu priest takes a holy bath as part of a ritual during the Janai Purnima festival (sacred thread festival) at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. (Reuters)

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A Hindu priest takes a holy bath as part of a ritual during the Janai Purnima festival (sacred thread festival) at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. (Reuters)

A Hindu priest takes a holy bath as part of a ritual during the Janai Purnima festival (sacred thread festival) at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. (Reuters)

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A Nepalese devotee receives a Janai or sacred thread, which is a yellow cotton string worn across the chest or tied around the wrist of the right hand, from a priest during the Janai Purnima Festival at The Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. (AFP photo)

A Nepalese devotee receives a Janai or sacred thread, which is a yellow cotton string worn across the chest or tied around the wrist of the right hand, from a priest during the Janai Purnima Festival at The Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. (AFP photo)

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Sacred threads kept on a floor are pictured during the Janai Purnima (sacred thread festival) at the premises of Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu. (Reuters)

Sacred threads kept on a floor are pictured during the Janai Purnima (sacred thread festival) at the premises of Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu. (Reuters)

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Hindu priests perform a ritual during the Janai Purnima festival (sacred thread festival) at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. (Reuters)

Hindu priests perform a ritual during the Janai Purnima festival (sacred thread festival) at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. (Reuters)

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A Hindu priest's forehead is covered with 'tika', coloured powder and rice used as a blessing, during the Janai Purnima festival (sacred thread festival) at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. (Reuters)

A Hindu priest's forehead is covered with 'tika', coloured powder and rice used as a blessing, during the Janai Purnima festival (sacred thread festival) at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. (Reuters)

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A Nepalese devotee receives a Janai or sacred thread, which is a yellow cotton string worn across the chest or tied around the wrist of the right hand, from a priest during the Janai Purnima Festival at The Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. (AFP photo)

A Nepalese devotee receives a Janai or sacred thread, which is a yellow cotton string worn across the chest or tied around the wrist of the right hand, from a priest during the Janai Purnima Festival at The Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. (AFP photo)

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Nepalese devotees receive a Janai or sacred thread, which is a yellow cotton string worn across the chest or tied around the wrist of the right hand, from a priest during the Janai Purnima Festival at The Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. (AFP photo)

Nepalese devotees receive a Janai or sacred thread, which is a yellow cotton string worn across the chest or tied around the wrist of the right hand, from a priest during the Janai Purnima Festival at The Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. (AFP photo)

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A Hindu Sadhu, dressed as Hanuman, walks during the Janai Purnima Festival at The Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. The Janai Purnima Festival is known as the Sacred Thread Festival during which Hindu men, especially the Brahmans and Chettris perform their annual change of Janai (sacred thread), a yellow cotton string worn across the chest or tied around the wrist of the right hand. (AFP photo)

A Hindu Sadhu, dressed as Hanuman, walks during the Janai Purnima Festival at The Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. The Janai Purnima Festival is known as the Sacred Thread Festival during which Hindu men, especially the Brahmans and Chettris perform their annual change of Janai (sacred thread), a yellow cotton string worn across the chest or tied around the wrist of the right hand. (AFP photo)

UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2014 01:39 PM IST
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