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Devotees celebrate the festival of nine nights in India

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AnIndian performer disguised as Hindu Goddess Kali performs with fire during Navratri festival in Allahabad, India. Navratri or the festival of nine nights is an annual Hindu festival of worship and dance.

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Indian devotees hold earthen lamps as they take part in the Maha Aarti ritual at Hindu deity Umiya Mata temple on the eighth night of Navratri or nine nights festival in Surat, about 275 kilometer South of Ahmadabad, India, Monday, Oct. 22. Every year thousands of devotees participate in this ritual.

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