'Chhath Puja' Celebration on the Banks of Rivers

  • Devotees perform rituals at sunset during Chhath Puja festival on the banks of the River Tawi in Jammu. On Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the Sun God for sustaining life on earth. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
  • A devotee applies vermillion powder on the forehead of another during Chhath Puja festival on the banks of the River Tawi in Jammu. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
  • Hindu women perform rituals at sunrise to mark Chhath Puja festival on the banks of the River Yamuna in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
  • Hindu women, vermillion powder on their foreheads, perform rituals at sunset to mark Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
  • Hindu women perform rituals at sunset to mark Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
  • A Hindu woman takes ritualistic dips in the River Yamuna at sunrise to mark Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
  • Sugarcane stalks, used for rituals, is planted into a water body as Hindu women perform rituals at sunset to mark Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
  • Hindu women, vermillion powder mark on their foreheads, perform rituals at sunset to mark Chhath Puja festival in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
  • Hindu women offer prayers as the sun sets over the Arabian Sea during Chhath Puja festival in Mumbai. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
  • Hindu women offer prayers as the sun sets over the Arabian Sea during Chhath Puja festival in Mumbai. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

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