Nepal's Swasthani festival

Updated On Feb 07, 2012 03:15 PM IST
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A devotee offers prayer by blowing a conch on the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival in the Hanumante River at Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu. The month-long festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many households. Reuters Photo/Navesh Chitrakar
Updated on Feb 07, 2012 03:15 PM IST

A devotee offers prayer by blowing a conch on the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival in the Hanumante River at Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu. The month-long festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many households. Reuters Photo/Navesh Chitrakar

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The feet of a devotee is pictured as he offers prayer by rolling on the street of Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu. The month-long festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many households. Reuters Photo/Navesh Chitrakar
Updated on Feb 07, 2012 03:15 PM IST

The feet of a devotee is pictured as he offers prayer by rolling on the street of Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu. The month-long festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many households. Reuters Photo/Navesh Chitrakar

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Devotees warm themselves by a fire after taking a dip on the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival in the Hanumante River at Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu. The month-long festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many households. Reuters Photo/Navesh Chitrakar
Updated on Feb 07, 2012 03:15 PM IST

Devotees warm themselves by a fire after taking a dip on the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival in the Hanumante River at Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu. The month-long festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many households. Reuters Photo/Navesh Chitrakar

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A devotee offers prayer at Bhaktapur during the Swasthani festival near Kathmandu. The month-long festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many households. Reuters Photo/Navesh Chitrakar
Updated on Feb 07, 2012 03:15 PM IST

A devotee offers prayer at Bhaktapur during the Swasthani festival near Kathmandu. The month-long festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many households. Reuters Photo/Navesh Chitrakar

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Devotees offer prayer by rolling on the street of Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu. The month-long Swasthani festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many households.Reuters Photo/Navesh Chitrakar
Updated on Feb 07, 2012 03:15 PM IST

Devotees offer prayer by rolling on the street of Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu. The month-long Swasthani festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many households.Reuters Photo/Navesh Chitrakar

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Devotees offer prayers by taking a dip on the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival in the Hanumante River at Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu. The month-long festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many households. Reuters Photo/Navesh Chitrakar
Updated on Feb 07, 2012 03:15 PM IST

Devotees offer prayers by taking a dip on the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival in the Hanumante River at Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu. The month-long festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many households. Reuters Photo/Navesh Chitrakar

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Devotees offer prayers by rolling on the street of Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu. The month-long Swasthani festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many households. Reuters Photo/Navesh Chitrakar
Updated on Feb 07, 2012 03:15 PM IST

Devotees offer prayers by rolling on the street of Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu. The month-long Swasthani festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many households. Reuters Photo/Navesh Chitrakar

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The feet of devotees are pictured while as they offer prayers by rolling on the street of Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu. The month-long Swasthani festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many households. Reuters Photo/Navesh Chitrakar
Updated on Feb 07, 2012 03:15 PM IST

The feet of devotees are pictured while as they offer prayers by rolling on the street of Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu. The month-long Swasthani festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many households. Reuters Photo/Navesh Chitrakar

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Devotees warm themselves by a fire after taking a dip on the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival in the Hanumante River at Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu. The month-long festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many households. Reuters Photo/Navesh Chitrakar
Updated on Feb 07, 2012 03:15 PM IST

Devotees warm themselves by a fire after taking a dip on the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival in the Hanumante River at Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu. The month-long festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many households. Reuters Photo/Navesh Chitrakar

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Devotees wait to take a holy bath at the Hanumante River during the Swasthani festival in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu. The month-long festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many households. Reuters Photo/Navesh Chitrakar
Updated on Feb 07, 2012 03:15 PM IST

Devotees wait to take a holy bath at the Hanumante River during the Swasthani festival in Bhaktapur near Kathmandu. The month-long festival, dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in many households. Reuters Photo/Navesh Chitrakar

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