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Nepal Hindu Festival

A Nepalese woman and a girl sit in front of a statue of Hindu deity Swet Bhairav during the last day of the week-long Indra Jatra festival in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. The festival marks the end of the monsoon season and beginning of autumn. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Nepal Hindu Festival

September 17, 2013

The festival marks the end of the monsoon season and beginning of autumn.

More than hundred girls under the age of nine gathered for the tradition

of worshiping young pre-pubescent girls as manifestations of the divine

female energy.

The ritual holds a strong religious significance in

Newar community. It is a community affair held primarily to save small

girls from diseases and bad luck in the years to come. (Associated Press)