October 8, 2018 16:24 IST

Navaratri 2018: People gear up to celebrate Durga Puja festival

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Indian artisans give the final touches to a Durga Puja pandal Indian artisans give the final touches to a Durga Puja pandal ahead of the Dussehra festival at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram in Allahabad. Dussehra is a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. Credit: (Photo by SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Abha Shah (C) Choreographer of Surtaal Performing Arts pose along with her group members Abha Shah (C) Choreographer of Surtaal Performing Arts pose along with her group members as they participate in a 'Garba' dance rehearsal ahead of the forthcoming 'Navratri' festival on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on October 7, 2018. - 'Navratri' or dance festival of nine nights begins October 10 and culminates with the celebration of 'Dussehra'. Credit: (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian craftsmen make effigies of the Hindu demon king Ravana Indian craftsmen make effigies of the Hindu demon king Ravana at a workshop in Amritsar, ahead of the festival of Dussehra. The festival of Dussehra will be held on October 22 on the last day of the Navratri festival, symbolising the triumph of good over evil. Credit: (Photo by NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Indian vendor waits for customers as he sells effigies of the Hindu demon King Ravana A Indian vendor waits for customers as he sells effigies of the Hindu demon King Ravana at the roadside in Amritsar on the eve of the Hindu festival of Dussehra. Held at the end of the nine-day Navratri festival, Dussehra symbolises the victory of good over evil in Hindu mythology. On the night of Dussehra, fire-crackers stuffed effigies of Ravana are set alight in open grounds across the country. Credit: (Photo by NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
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An Indian artist, dressed as Hindu god Rama An Indian artist, dressed as Hindu god Rama, has his costume adjusted ahead of a religious procession during the Dussehra festival in Allahabad. Dussehra, a ten-day festival, celebrates good over evil and is celebrated in varied traditions across the country. Credit: (Photo by Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)
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A Indian vendor carries an effigy of the Hindu demon King Ravana on the roadside A Indian vendor carries an effigy of the Hindu demon King Ravana on the roadside in Amritsar ahead of the Hindu festival of Dussehra. Held at the end of the nine-day Navratri festival, Dussehra symbolises the victory of good over evil in Hindu mythology. On the night of Dussehra, fire-crackers stuffed effigies of Ravana are set alight in open grounds across the country. Credit: (Photo by NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian women devotees carry barley saplings for offerings at Sangam Indian women devotees carry barley saplings for offerings at Sangam during the 'Navratri' festival in Allahabad. Credit: (Photo by Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian labourers load an effigy of the Hindu demon King Ravana onto a truck Indian labourers load an effigy of the Hindu demon King Ravana onto a truck on the outskirts of Amritsar, ahead of the Hindu festival of Dussehra. Credit: (Photo by NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian girl Ananya Bhattacharya dressed as a Kumari Indian girl Ananya Bhattacharya, 4, dressed as a Kumari, or 'living goddess,' takes part in an event for the Hindu Navratri festival at a temple in Agartala, the capital of the northeastern state of Tripura. Credit: (Photo by ARINDAM DEY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian folk dancers from Panghat Group of Performing Arts participate in a 'Garba' Indian folk dancers from Panghat Group of Performing Arts participate in a 'Garba' dance rehearsal ahead of the forthcoming 'Navratri' festival in Ahmedabad. - 'Navratri' or dance festival of nine nights begins October 10 and culminates with the celebration of 'Dussehra'. Credit: (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)