Raksha Bandhan celebrations - The New Indian Express

Raksha Bandhan celebrations

  • A Hindu holy man seeks blessing of Jamuna Devi, 85, a widow after she tied a "rakhi" on his wrist to mark the Hindu festival "Raksha Bandhan," in Varanasi, India. (AP Photo)
  • An Indian widow, second left, gestures after tying a "rakhi" on the wrist of Bindeshwar Pathak, right, the founder of the Sulabh Intenational, a non-governmental organization to mark the Hindu festival "Raksha Bandhan," in Varanasi. (AP Photo)
  • Jamuna Devi, 85, a widow ties a "Rakhi" on the wrist of a Hindu holy man to mark the Hindu festival "Raksha Bandhan," in Varanasi. (AP Photo)
  • An Indian widow ties a "rakhi" on the wrist of Bindeshwar Pathak, the founder of the Sulabh Intenational, a non-governmental organization to mark the Hindu festival "Raksha Bandhan," in Varanasi. (AP Photo)
  • Indian girls shop for 'Rakhis', a sacred thread tied on the wrists of brothers on Raksha Bandhan festival in Varanasi. (AP Photo)
  • Indian widows sit on stairs leading to a temple during a function to mark the Hindu festival of ‘Raksha Bandhan’, in Varanasi. (AP Photo)
  • Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of non-governmental organization Sulabh International, hands covered with the sacred thread 'rakhi', partakes in a meal with widows to mark the Hindu festival of ‘Raksha Bandhan’, in Varanasi. (AP Photo)
  • Indian girls shop for "Rakhi," a sacred thread, on Raksha Bandhan festival in Jammu. (AP Photo)
  • An Indian woman ties Rakhi or sacred thread on the wrist of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Raksha Bandhan festival in Gandhinagar. (AP Photo)
  • Indian schoolgirls tie rakhis, a sacred thread, on the wrists of Border Security Force soldiers as a symbolic gesture to mark "Raksha Bandhan" festival at the India-Pakistan border area of Suchetgarh. (AP Photo)

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