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Incredible India: In pics

A Sufi Kalandar (wandering ascetic) performs an act of self torture during devotion at the annual Urs (death anniversary) of Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer on June 2, 2011. Also known as Gharib Nawaz or ‘Benefactor of the Poor’, he established the Chisti order on the Indian subcontinent and is the most famous Sufi saint of the Chishti Order in the region.

An Indian child carries the head of Mahisasura, who is killed by the goddess Durga in Hindu mythology, after the immersion of idols in the river Mahananda during the Dusshera or Vijaya Dashami Festival, the final day of the Durga Puja festival, in Siliguri on October 17, 2010. Durga Puja, the annual Hindu festival that involves worship of the goddess Durga who symbolizes power and the triumph of good over evil in Hindu mythology, culminates in the immersion of idols in bodies of water.

An Indian Sadhu (Hindu holy man) performs a routine exercise in Kolkata, 10 January 2006. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims have started to converge for the Gangasagar Mela which will be held 14 January, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, a holy day of the Hindu calendar, at the confluence of the River Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, some 150 kms south of Kolkata.

An Indian Sadhu (Hindu holy man) performs a routine exercise in Kolkata, 10 January 2006. Thousands of Hindu pilgrims have started to converge for the Gangasagar Mela which will be held 14 January, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, a holy day of the Hindu calendar, at the confluence of the River Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, some 150 kms south of Kolkata.

Assam state Zoo veterinarian Bijoy Gogoi carries a tranquilised leopard from a well in Guwahati on March 28, 2009, after the animal fell into the well in a village on the outskirts of the north-eastern Indian city. The fully grown female leopard was later taken to the Guwahati Zoo, becoming the second leopard to have been rescued from this particular area of the city in a month. Earlier another leopard was rescued on March 15.

An Indian youth jumps into the Arabian sea during high tide while the landmark Gateway of India monument is seen in the background in Mumbai on June 16, 2010. India’s monsoon, the annual downpour crucial to farmers and national economic growth, hit the western Indian city of Mumbai this week with hopes high for better rains than last year. The Indian government is hoping for a good monsoon to tame soaring food prices after last year’s drought, the worst in 37 years, brought poor harvests and despair to farmers.

An elephant crosses a railway track which runs through the Mahananda Wildlife sanctuary on the outskirts of Siliguri in west Bengal on September 16, 2010. Shrinking forests and encroachment on elephant territory causes multiple deaths per year in the elephant-human conflict, due to poaching, crop protection and other accidents, including vehicle-elephant collisions.

An Indian dancer performs during the press presentation of the show ‘India’ on December 15, 2009 in Frankfurt am Main. The show, produced at a cost of 7 million euros with 75 dancers, artists and musicians, will start on December 17 in Frankfurt and the will tour to Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Vienna (Austria) and Brussels (Belgium).

An Indian dancer performs during the press presentation of the show ‘India’ on December 15, 2009 in Frankfurt am Main. The show, produced at a cost of 7 million euros with 75 dancers, artists and musicians, will start on December 17 in Frankfurt and the will tour to Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Vienna (Austria) and Brussels (Belgium).

A man takes a nap on a bed being transported by cycle rickshaw driver in Amritsar on March 7, 2010. These labourers earn approximately 100 rupees (USD 2.48) per day. Eighty-six percent of working Indians earn less than 20 rupees or half a dollar a day, untouched by the country’s blistering economic growth, a government-backed study said recently. Out of 457 million workers, 395 million are employed in the so-called unorganised sector, in areas such as agriculture, construction, weaving and fishing, the study found.

Indian commuters ride through a downpour of heavy rain in Hyderabad on August 19, 2011. Monsoon rains are a key factor for global commodities markets, strengthening the output of various crops in India, which could help bring relief to Asia’s third-largest economy in its battle with high food prices.

A troop of monkeys relax on an airconditioning outlet on a building at The Ministry of Health Complex in New Delhi on November 29, 2008. Monkeys are an intergral part of life in the Indian capital, where they live in thousands of numbers.

An Indian barber Shahrukh Khan (L) shaves a customer’s beard at a roadside barbershop in Amritsar on September 12, 2011. Khan earns 150 to 200 Indian rupees daily.

An Indian child carries the head of Mahisasura, who is killed by the goddess Durga in Hindu mythology, after the immersion of idols in the river Mahananda during the Dusshera or Vijaya Dashami Festival, the final day of the Durga Puja festival, in Siliguri on October 17, 2010. Durga Puja, the annual Hindu festival that involves worship of the goddess Durga who symbolizes power and the triumph of good over evil in Hindu mythology, culminates in the immersion of idols in bodies of water.

An Indian man participates in a bicycle balancing competition during 71st Rural Olympics Games 2006 in the village of Kila Raipur in the northern Indian state of Punjab, on 18 February 2006. The games are a composite of sports and cultural events, including bullock cart race, kabaddi, loading and unloading of tractor trailer and wrestling, as well as musical and dramatic presentaions.

Assam state Zoo veterinarian Bijoy Gogoi carries a tranquilised leopard from a well in Guwahati on March 28, 2009, after the animal fell into the well in a village on the outskirts of the north-eastern Indian city. The fully grown female leopard was later taken to the Guwahati Zoo, becoming the second leopard to have been rescued from this particular area of the city in a month. Earlier another leopard was rescued on March 15.

Bikers perform stunts before the launch of Lenovo’s new series of tablets in Mumbai on October 11, 2011. Lenovo announced the launch of its IdeaPad K1 and ThinkPad as part of their strategy, over the next six months, to introduce tablets of varying sizes and platforms, to cater to the needs of their consumers.

A Hindu devotee pours milk over a cobra during a Nag-Panchami ritual at the Shiva Temple in Amritsar on August 4, 2011. The Hindu festival of Nag-Panchami, observed during the monsoon and sees prayers and tributes to snakes, is observed by many as the day of victory of Hindu God Lord Krishna over the Kaliya snake leading to Krishna also being known as ‘Kaliya Mardan’.

Indian men try to repair a taxi on a road submerged in water in Mumbai on July 8, 2009. India’s financial and entertainment capital recieved an overnight deluge of monsoon rains that left some streets and homes flooded. Heavy rainfall overnight July 7-8 left many lower-lying areas under water and forced pedestrians to wade shin-deep through muddy water.

 

 

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