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Holy Baths and Folk Tales - 05 Feb 2015 
The month-long celebrations of Swasthani Brata Katha festival begin with the full moon in January, and each day devotees donning traditional attire recite a chapter of a Hindu tale dedicated to the gods. 
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January 05, 2015 
Devotees stand on the bank of River Saali in Sankhu during the first day of Swasthani Brata Katha festival... 
Kathmandu, Nepal 
Devotees stand on bank of River Saali in Sankhu during the first day of Swasthani Brata Katha festival... 
Devotees stand on the bank of River Saali in Sankhu during the first day of Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu January 5, 2015. During the month long festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book that is dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddess and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month, especially among women who believe fasting helps in their family's well-being or in getting them a good husband. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) 
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January 24, 2015 
A devotee crosses the Triveni River in the early morning as she arrives to offer prayer during the Swasthani... 
PANAUTI, Nepal 
A devotee crosses the Triveni River in the early morning as she arrives to offer prayer during the Swasthani... 
A devotee crosses the Triveni River in the early morning as she arrives to offer prayer during the Swasthani Bratakatha festival in Panauti near Kathmandu January 24, 2015. During the month long festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book that is dedicated to the God Madhavnarayan and the Goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddess and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month, especially among women who believe fasting helps in their family's well-being or in getting them a good husband. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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January 20, 2015 
Devotees offer prayers before taking a holy bath during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu... 
Kathmandu, Nepal 
Devotees offer prayers before taking a holy bath during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu... 
Devotees offer prayers before taking a holy bath during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu January 20, 2015. During the month-long festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book that is dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddesses and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month, especially among women who believe fasting helps in their family's well-being or in getting them a good husband. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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January 20, 2015 
Devotees take a holy bath during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu January 20, 2015. During... 
Kathmandu, Nepal 
Devotees take a holy bath during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu 
Devotees take a holy bath during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu January 20, 2015. During the month-long festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book that is dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddesses and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month, especially among women who believe fasting helps in their family's well-being or in getting them a good husband. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
NEPAL-RELIGION
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January 24, 2015 
A devotee loses her balance as she crosses the Triveni River along with her friends after taking a holy... 
PANAUTI, Nepal 
A devotee loses her balance as she crosses the Triveni River along with her friends after taking a holy... 
A devotee loses her balance as she crosses the Triveni River along with her friends after taking a holy bath during the Swasthani Bratakatha festival in Panauti near Kathmandu January 24, 2015. During the month long festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book that is dedicated to the God Madhavnarayan and the Goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddess and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month, especially among women who believe fasting helps in their family's well-being or in getting them a good husband. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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January 20, 2015 
A devotee dries her hair after taking a holy bath during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu... 
Kathmandu, Nepal 
Devotee dries her hair after taking a holy bath during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu... 
A devotee dries her hair after taking a holy bath during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu January 20, 2015. During the month-long festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book that is dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddesses and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month, especially among women who believe fasting helps in their family's well-being or in getting them a good husband. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
NEPAL-RELIGION
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January 05, 2015 
A Hindu holy man, or Sadhu, sits near the fire to keep himself warm on the first day of the Swasthani... 
Kathmandu, Nepal 
A Hindu holy man, or Sadhu, sits near the fire to keep himself warm on the first day of the Swasthani... 
A Hindu holy man, or Sadhu, sits near the fire to keep himself warm on the first day of the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu January 5, 2015.During the month long festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book that is dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddess and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month, especially among women who believe fasting helps in their family's well-being or in getting them a good husband. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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January 26, 2015 
A devotee smiles, as he gets ready to perform religious rituals during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival... 
Kathmandu, Nepal 
A devotee smiles, as he gets ready to perform religious rituals during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival... 
A devotee smiles, as he gets ready to perform religious rituals during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu January 26, 2015. During the month long festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book that is dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddess and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month, especially among women who believe fasting helps in their family's well-being or in getting them a good husband. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
NEPAL-RELIGION
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January 26, 2015 
A devotee offers prayer by rolling on the ground at Sankhu during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival... 
Kathmandu, Nepal 
A devotee offers prayer by rolling on the ground at Sankhu during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival... 
A devotee offers prayer by rolling on the ground at Sankhu during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu January 26, 2015. During the month long festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book that is dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddess and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month, especially among women who believe fasting helps in their family's well-being or in getting them a good husband. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
NEPAL-RELIGION
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January 24, 2015 
A devotee holds a vessel filled with holy water during the Swasthani Bratakatha festival in Panauti near... 
PANAUTI, Nepal 
A devotee holds a vessel filled with holy water during the Swasthani Bratakatha festival in Panauti 
A devotee holds a vessel filled with holy water during the Swasthani Bratakatha festival in Panauti near Kathmandu January 24, 2015. During the month long festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book that is dedicated to the God Madhavnarayan and the Goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddess and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month, especially among women who believe fasting helps in their family's well-being or in getting them a good husband. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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January 31, 2015 
A devotee waits to perform religious rituals during the Swasthani Bratakatha festival in the woods of... 
Bhaktapur, Nepal 
A devotee waits to perform religious rituals during the Swasthani Bratakatha festival in the woods of... 
A devotee waits to perform religious rituals during the Swasthani Bratakatha festival in the woods of Changu Narayan in Bhaktapur, January 31, 2015. During the month long festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book that is dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddesses and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month, especially among women who believe fasting helps in their family's well-being or in getting them a good husband. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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January 31, 2015 
Devotees stand in the sun before performing religious rituals during the Swasthani Bratakatha festival,... 
Bhaktapur, Nepal 
Devotees stand in the sun before performing religious rituals during the Swasthani Bratakatha festival,... 
Devotees stand in the sun before performing religious rituals during the Swasthani Bratakatha festival, in the woods of Changu Narayan in Bhaktapur, January 31, 2015. During the month long festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book that is dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddesses and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month, especially among women who believe fasting helps in their family's well-being or in getting them a good husband. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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January 31, 2015 
People watch devotees performing religious rituals during the Swasthani Bratakatha festival, in the woods... 
Bhaktapur, Nepal 
People watch devotees performing religious rituals during the Swasthani Bratakatha festival, in the woods... 
People watch devotees performing religious rituals during the Swasthani Bratakatha festival, in the woods of Changu Narayan in Bhaktapur, January 31, 2015. During the month long festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book that is dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddesses and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month, especially among women who believe fasting helps in their family's well-being or in getting them a good husband. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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January 05, 2015 
A Hindu holy man holds the holy Swasthani Brata Katha as he recites verses from the book at the bank... 
Kathmandu, Nepal 
A Hindu holy man holds the holy Swasthani Brata Katha as he recites verses from the book at the bank... 
A Hindu holy man holds the holy Swasthani Brata Katha as he recites verses from the book at the bank of River Saali in Sankhu on the first day of Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu January 5, 2015. During the month long festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book that is dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddess and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month, especially among women who believe fasting helps in their family's well-being or in getting them a good husband. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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January 20, 2015 
A devotee offers prayers in the early morning during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu... 
Kathmandu, Nepal 
Devotee offers prayers in the early morning during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu 
A devotee offers prayers in the early morning during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Kathmandu January 20, 2015. During the month-long festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book that is dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddesses and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month, especially among women who believe fasting helps in their family's well-being or in getting them a good husband. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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January 24, 2015 
A devotee stands near the fire to keep herself warm in the early morning during the Swasthani Bratakatha... 
PANAUTI, Nepal 
A devotee stands near the fire to keep herself warm in the early morning during the Swasthani Bratakatha... 
A devotee stands near the fire to keep herself warm in the early morning during the Swasthani Bratakatha festival in Panauti near Kathmandu January 24, 2015. During the month long festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book that is dedicated to the God Madhavnarayan and the Goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddess and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month, especially among women who believe fasting helps in their family's well-being or in getting them a good husband. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) 
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February 03, 2015 
Devotees offer prayer by rolling on the street during the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival... 
Bhaktapur, Nepal 
Devotees offer prayer by rolling on the street during the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival... 
Devotees offer prayer by rolling on the street during the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival at Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu February 3, 2015. During the month long festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book that is dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddess and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month, especially among women who believe fasting helps in their family's well-being or in getting them a good husband. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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February 03, 2015 
Devotees offer prayer as they stand on the bank of the Hanumante River during the final day of the month-long... 
Bhaktapur, Nepal 
Devotees offer prayer as they stand on the bank of the Hanumante River during the final day of the month-long... 
Devotees offer prayer as they stand on the bank of the Hanumante River during the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival at Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu, February 3, 2015. During the festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book, that is dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddesses and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month, especially among women who believe fasting helps in their family's well-being or in getting them a good husband. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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February 03, 2015 
Devotees offer prayer as they stand on the bank of the Hanumante River, during the final day of the month-long... 
Bhaktapur, Nepal 
Devotees offer prayer as they stand on the bank of the Hanumante River, during the final day of the month-long... 
Devotees offer prayer as they stand on the bank of the Hanumante River, during the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival at Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu, February 3, 2015. During the festival, devotees recite one chapter of a Hindu tale daily from the 31-chapter sacred Swasthani Brata Katha book, that is dedicated to God Madhavnarayan and Goddess Swasthani, alongside various other gods and goddesses and the miraculous feats performed by them. The devotees also go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month, especially among women who believe fasting helps in their family's well-being or in getting them a good husband. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar (NEPAL - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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