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India celebrated the festival of Ram Navami on Tuesday, commemorating the birth of the Hindu God, Lord Rama. Devotees typically celebrate the occasion by fasting and offering prayers in temples, while schools, government offices and stock markets close down for the day.

It is said that by uttering Lord Rama's name, one can get rid of their sins and attain salvation. There is a belief that repeated chants of his name help one to attain purity, peace, joy and prosperity.

Hindu devotees pray in front of Goddess Durga on the occasion of Ram Navami at a temple in Kolkata, india, on Tuesday.Bikas Das / AP
An Indian child dressed like the Hindu deity Baba Balak Nath sits on a chariot as he takes part in a religious procession for Ram Navami in Amritsar, India.RAMINDER PAL SINGH / EPA
Hindu devotees worship young girls as they sit together dressed as "Kumari," or living goddesses, during Ram Navami celebrations on Tuesday.Bikas Das / AP