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Indian police take protesters into custody during widespread demonstrations over two women entering the Sabarimala temple in the southern India state of Kerala earlier this week. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Revelers in Mumbai hoist up a statue of the elephant-headed god Ganesh and parade it toward the Arabian Sea. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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Indians Are Partying And Praying For Elephant-Headed God Ganesh

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A buffalo market in central Rajasthan, India. Drivers ferrying these animals to slaughterhouses have been intercepted and accused of transporting cows, an animal many Hindus consider sacred. A new report from Human Rights Watch says that this devotion to protecting the cow has contributed to recent vigilante violence. Julie McCarthy/NPR hide caption

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Study Shows The U.S. Attracts An Elite Muslim And Hindu Population

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In A Way, Gandhi Also Won 2014's Nobel Peace Prize

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Hindu devotees prayed and washed as they attended the first "Shahi Snan" (grand bath) at the opening of the Kumbh Mela festival today in Allahabad, India. Jitendra Prakash /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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