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In pictures: Devotees prepare for Navratri and Durga Puja festivities

Updated : 2019-09-26 11:50:33

Hindu devotees across the globe are preparing for the upcoming festive season. Navaratri celebrations will commence next week followed by Durga Puja in October. Diwali, the festival of lights, will be celebrated mid-October. Here is a look at how devotees are preparing for the festive season:

An artisan paints a clay idol of goddess Durga at a makeshift studio in Kolkata. The idols are being made for worship venues, known as
An artisan paints a clay idol of goddess Durga at a makeshift studio in Kolkata. The idols are being made for worship venues, known as "pandals" ahead of Durga Puja festival that begins first week of October. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
An artisan puts colours on an unfinished clay idol of goddess Durga at a studio in Kolkata. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
An artisan puts colours on an unfinished clay idol of goddess Durga at a studio in Kolkata. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
An takes a break for food while working on idols inside a workshop in Guwahati. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
An takes a break for food while working on idols inside a workshop in Guwahati. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
An artisan paints a clay idol of Durga at a makeshift studio in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
An artisan paints a clay idol of Durga at a makeshift studio in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Artisans prepare clay idols of Durga at a makeshift studio in Kolkata. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
Artisans prepare clay idols of Durga at a makeshift studio in Kolkata. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
An artisan paints the feet of a clay idol in a Kolkata studio. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
An artisan paints the feet of a clay idol in a Kolkata studio. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
An artisan works on a clay idol of Durga inside a makeshift studio as residents fetch drinking water in a narrow alley in Kolkata. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
An artisan works on a clay idol of Durga inside a makeshift studio as residents fetch drinking water in a narrow alley in Kolkata. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
An artisan, right, points to clay idols being prepared at his Kolkata studio. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
An artisan, right, points to clay idols being prepared at his Kolkata studio. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
Dancers practice Garba, a traditional dance of Gujarat state, ahead of Hindu festival Navratri in Ahmadabad. The festival of Navratri or nine nights will begin from September 29. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Dancers practice Garba, a traditional dance of Gujarat state, ahead of Hindu festival Navratri in Ahmadabad. The festival of Navratri or nine nights will begin from September 29. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Garba dancers at practice. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Garba dancers at practice. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Navratri or nine nights will begin from September 29. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Navratri or nine nights will begin from September 29. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
A girl gets a tattoo depicting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump done on her back in preparation of Navratri in Ahmedabad. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
A girl gets a tattoo depicting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump done on her back in preparation of Navratri in Ahmedabad. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
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