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Mahesh Chaturvedi, 63, reads a copy of the Bhagavad-Gita, one of Hinduism's most holy books, on a metro train in New Delhi on October 2, 2012.

63-year-old Mahesh Chaturvedi says that the soul of Mahatma Gandhi resides in him and he has been sent to continue the work of the man known by many Indians as the Father of the Nation, Reuters reports.

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Since his self-proclaimed transformation into Gandhi in 2002, Chaturvedi has traveled extensively, playing up to his resemblance to Gandhi at protests and demonstrations.

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Mahesh Chaturvedi poses for a photo in front of a statue of Gandhi in the old quarters of New Delhi on October 25, 2012.

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Mahesh Chaturvedi (front center) talks on the phone on September 28, 2012.

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A man takes a photo as Mahesh Chaturvedi (back to camera), walks on the streets of New Delhi on September 28, 2012.

Editor's note: Images taken in September and October 2012 but made available to NBC News today.

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