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Hundreds participate in the Janai Purnima festival

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Published : Jul 30, 2017, 11:20 am IST
Updated : Aug 26, 2017, 12:12 pm IST
Janai Purnima or the annual Sacred Thread Festival marks the day when the devout Hindu males change the white cotton thread they wear across their torsos and take a ritual bath in a river or a pond. The sacred thread, when it first tied, indicates formal entry into adulthood and a promise to follow their Hindu faith. (Photo: AP)
Janai Purnima or the annual Sacred Thread Festival marks the day when the devout Hindu males change the white cotton thread they wear across their torsos and take a ritual bath in a river or a pond. The sacred thread, when it first tied, indicates formal entry into adulthood and a promise to follow their Hindu faith. (Photo: AP)
A Nepalese Hindu priest, left, helps a devotee to wear the Janai, or sacred thread, during the Janai Purnima festival at Pashupati temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, July 28, 2017. (Photo: AP)
A Nepalese Hindu priest, left, helps a devotee to wear the Janai, or sacred thread, during the Janai Purnima festival at Pashupati temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, July 28, 2017. (Photo: AP)
A Nepalese Hindu devotee performs a ritual during the Janai Purnima festival at Pashupati temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, July 28, 2017. (Photo: AP)
A Nepalese Hindu devotee performs a ritual during the Janai Purnima festival at Pashupati temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, July 28, 2017. (Photo: AP)
A Nepalese Hindu priest puts Tika, a mixture of rice and Vermilion powder used for Hindu rituals, on the forehead of a young girl during the Janai Purnima festival at Pashupati temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, July 28, 2017. (Photo: AP)
 A Nepalese Hindu priest puts Tika, a mixture of rice and Vermilion powder used for Hindu rituals, on the forehead of a young girl during the Janai Purnima festival at Pashupati temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, July 28, 2017. (Photo: AP)
Nepalese young Hindu priests get ready to take a holy bath to mark the Janai Purnima festival at Pashupati temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, July 28, 2017. (Photo: AP)
Nepalese young Hindu priests get ready to take a holy bath to mark the Janai Purnima festival at Pashupati temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, July 28, 2017. (Photo: AP)
A devout Nepalese Hindu man performs a ritual during the Janai Purnima festival at Pashupati temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, July 28, 2017.(Photo: AP)
A devout Nepalese Hindu man performs a ritual during the Janai Purnima festival at Pashupati temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, July 28, 2017.(Photo: AP)
A Nepalese Hindu priest takes a holy bath during the Janai Purnima festival at Pashupati temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, July 28, 2017.(Photo: AP)
A Nepalese Hindu priest takes a holy bath during the Janai Purnima festival at Pashupati temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, July 28, 2017.(Photo: AP)
Nepalese young Hindu priests perform rituals during the Janai Purnima festival at Pashupati temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, July 28, 2017. (Photo: AP)
Nepalese young Hindu priests perform rituals during the Janai Purnima festival at Pashupati temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, July 28, 2017. (Photo: AP)

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