An artisan applies finishing touches to an idol of Durga at a workshop in Siliguri. The annual Durga Puja festival is one of the most popular Hindu festivals celebrated across the country.
A woman walks past effigies of Ravan at a workshop ahead of Dusshera celebrations in Delhi. Ravana is depicted in art with ten heads, signifying that he had knowledge spanning all the ten directions.
Girls dry earthen lamps at a workshop in Chandigarh. Earthen lamps are sold in large numbers during Diwali when people buy them to decorate their homes.
Devotees light candles as they worship the Goddess Durga with a special prayer, Sandhi Puja, during Durga Puja in Kolkata on September 30. The Durga puja festival is one of the most popular for Bengali Hindus.
A priest performs a ritual in front of an idol of Goddess Durga during celebrations of the five-day festival in Allahabad on Saturday. Durga symbolises power and the triumph of good over evil.
Devotees receive blessings from a lamp during the Durga Puja celebrations in Allahabad on Saturday. The festival is observed with great enthusiasm and grandiosity all across the country.
An idol of Goddess Durga stands at a makeshift prayer hall in Guwahati on Thursday. The Durga Puja celebrations commenced on September 28 across the country. The festival is also called Akalbodhan, Vijaya Dashami, Dashain, and Dussehra.
Women devotees perform a ritual during prayers to celebrate Durga Puja, in Calcutta on Saturday. As a mother goddess, Durga is frequently called Maa Durga.
People help a boy get dressed in his costume as Lord Ram, before a procession in Allahabad. The procession was part of Dusshera celebrations, commemorating the triumph of Lord Ram over the demon King Ravan, marking the victory of good over evil.
An artist looks on during a procession in Allahabad on Friday. During the festival, a girl between five to 10 years of age is worshipped as Kumari or living goddess during Durga Puja.
Children dressed as Goddess Durga participate in a costume contest in Hyderabad on Saturday. Durga is depicted as a warrior woman riding a lion or a tiger with multiple hands carrying weapons and assuming symbolic hand gestures.
A child artist participates in a procession in Allahabad. The five-day Durga Puja festival dedicated to the Goddess Durga will end with the immersion of the clay idols on October 2.
Priests perform a ritual during afternoon prayers to celebrate Durga Puja in Calcutta. Durga is a is the embodiment of feminine and creative energy (Shakti).
People line up to have a glimpse of Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, the scion of the erstwhile Mysore royal family on the last day of Khas Durbar or private court at Mysore Palace, in Mysore on Sunday. The durbar was conducted as part of the ongoing Dusshera festival celebrations.
Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, the scion of the erstwhile Mysore royal family sits on the golden throne on the last day of Khas Durbar at Mysore Palace. The throne weighs about 200 kg's and is displayed for public viewing for ongoing Dusshera festival.