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Image of Asia: Hindu devotees get warm before a river dip

Image of Asia: Hindu devotees get warm before taking a dip in the river in Nepal

Image of Asia: Hindu devotees get warm before a river dip

In this photo by Niranjan Shrestha, Nepalese women sit around a bonfire to warm themselves before they take a holy dip in the Salinadi River on the first day of the Swasthani Bratakatha festival in Sankhu, Nepal. During the monthlong festival, devotees recite Holy Scriptures dedicated to Hindu goddess Swasthani and Lord Shiva. Unmarried women pray to have a good husband while wives fast and pray for the longevity of their husbands. Hindu is the majority religion in this nation of 27 million people.


Updated : 2021-09-20 09:08 GMT+08:00