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Indian Hindus honor ancestors with 'Tarpan' rituals

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A Hindu devotee looks skyward as he and others perform "Tarpan", a ritual to pay obeisance to one's forefathers, on the last day for offering prayers to ancestors called "Pitrupaksh" in Mumbai, India on October 15, 2012.

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Hindu devotees perform "Tarpan" rituals on the banks of the holy river Ganga in Kolkata on October 15, 2012.

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Hindu devotees take part in the "Tarpan" ritual during Mahalaya prayers at the banks of the Ganga River in Kolkata on October 15, 2012.

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Hindu devotees perform "Tarpan" rituals on the banks of the holy river Ganga in Kolkata on October 15, 2012.

Hindu devotees performed "Tarpan" rituals in memory of their forefathers in Indian cities on Monday, Agence France Presse reports. In Hindu mythology this day is called "Mahalaya" and describes the day when the gods created the ten-armed goddess Durga to destroy the demon king Asura, who plotted to drive out the gods from their kingdom.

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