Image of Asia: A holy dip in the Ganges on auspicious day

May 18, 2015, 5:55 AM
Indian Hindu devotees help bathe an elderly woman as they perform rituals in the the river Ganges o...
Indian Hindu devotees help bathe an elderly woman as they perform rituals in the the river Ganges on Somvati Amavasya, or no moon day, in Allahabad, India, Monday, May 18, 2015. Somvati Amavasya is the no moon day that falls on a Monday in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
(AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

In this photo by Rajesh Kumar Singh, Indian Hindus help bathe an elderly woman as they perform rituals in the river Ganges in Allahabad, India. Devotees believe the Somvati Amavasya, or no moon day that falls on a Monday, is more auspicious and that rites and rituals practiced on this day will bring more favor. Hindus fast and take holy dips in the sacred river to mark the occasion, and wives tie thread to trees and pray for their husbands’ longevity.

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Image of Asia: A holy dip in the Ganges on auspicious day