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Indians celebrate Bonalu festival in Hyderabad

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Indian artists dressed as characters from the movie Avatar perform during the final procession of the eleven day traditional festival of 'Bonalu', a ritual offering to the goddess MahaKali at Sri Akkanna Madanna Mahankali Temple in Hyderabad on Monday. The Goddess is honoured mostly by women during Bonalu festival with offerings of food and dancing.

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A performer blows fire from his mouth as he performs during the annual Hindu religious festival of Bonalu in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. The word "Bonalu" is derived from the Telugu language word "Bhojanalu", the food offered to Goddess Kali, the Hindu goddess of power. The main ritual in the month-long festival involves offering cooked rice, jaggery, curd, water and other dishes, which are brought by women in earthen pots, to the Goddess Kali. Devotees believe that the offerings ward off evils and epidemics during the monsoon season.

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Indian artists wait to perform during a procession of "Bonalu" festival in Hyderabad, India. Bonalu is a Hindu folk festival of the Telangana region in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

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An Indian artist dressed as Hindu Goddess MahaKali performs in the street during the final procession of the eleven day traditional festival of 'Bonalu', a ritual offering to the goddess MahaKali at Sri Akkanna Madanna Mahankali Temple in Hyderabad.

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