Kanwarias carry water from the River Ganges in New Delhi, India on July 10, 2012.
Text and photos by Kevin Frayer / AP
Kanwarias worship the Hindu God of Shiva. Kanwarias perform a ritual pilgrimage during the Hindu lunar month of Shravana by walking the roads of India, clad in saffron, carrying ornately decorated canisters of water from the Ganges River, believed to be sacred, over their shoulders. The devotees take the water back to Hindu temples in their hometowns. Read more about this ritual here
Kanwarias, worshippers of Hindu God Shiva, dance to devotional songs in New Delhi.
A Kanwaria walks with others in a pilgrimage in New Delhi.