October 12, 2015 13:27 IST

Hindu devotees celebrate Mahalaya Amavasya (Shraadh or Pitru Paksha)

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Hindu devotees pray in a holy pond on the auspicious day of Mahalaya in Mumbai, India, on 12 October 2015. Hindus offer prayers with holy water after taking a dip in the river to honor the souls of their departed ancestors during Mahalaya, which is also called Shraadh or Pitru Paksha. Credit: Reuters
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Hindu devotees pray in a holy pond on the auspicious day of Mahalaya in Mumbai, India, on 12 October 2015. Hindus offer prayers with holy water after taking a dip in the river to honor the souls of their departed ancestors during Mahalaya, which is also called Shraadh or Pitru Paksha. Credit: Reuters
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Hindu devotees pray in a holy pond on the auspicious day of Mahalaya in Mumbai, India, on 12 October 2015. Hindus offer prayers with holy water after taking a dip in the river to honor the souls of their departed ancestors during Mahalaya, which is also called Shraadh or Pitru Paksha. Credit: Reuters
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Hindu devotees pray in a holy pond on the auspicious day of Mahalaya in Mumbai, India, on 12 October 2015. Hindus offer prayers with holy water after taking a dip in the river to honor the souls of their departed ancestors during Mahalaya, which is also called Shraadh or Pitru Paksha. Credit: Reuters
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Hindu devotees pray in a holy pond on the auspicious day of Mahalaya in Mumbai, India, on 12 October 2015. Hindus offer prayers with holy water after taking a dip in the river to honor the souls of their departed ancestors during Mahalaya, which is also called Shraadh or Pitru Paksha. Credit: Reuters