October 17: Delhi and beyond, in pictures

The day’s developments, events and newsmakers

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PTI
PTI
Devotees carry girls to seek their blessings as a part of Durga puja celebrations, in Kolkata.
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PTI
Devotees seek blessings from a girl child during ‘Kumari Puja’ ritual during Maha Ashtami, at Ram Krishna Ashram in Patna.
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IANS
Girls participate in traditional Bangladeshi martial art - ‘Lathi Khela’ (stick fight) on ‘Maha Ashtami’ - eighth day of Durga Puja in Kolkata.
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PTI
People carry effigies of demon king Ravan for the upcoming Hindu festival of Dussehra, in Jabalpur.
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PTI
Effigies of demon-king Ravana put up for sale on a roadside ahead of Dussehra festival, in Amritsar.
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PTI
Nepali devotees offer prayers on the occasion of ‘Maha Astmi’, during the ongoing Durga Puja festival, at Jharkhand in Ranchi.
Photo by Pramod Pushkarna
Photo by Pramod Pushkarna
Devotees having prasad in Durga puja pandal at minto road in New Delhi.
PTI
PTI
Police escort Madhavi (of Andhra Pradesh) and her family members after she was heckled by the protesters while she was seeking the entry to the Lord Ayyappa Temple on its opening day in Sabarimala, Kerala. 
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PTI
Ayyappa Temple head priest (Tantri) Kandararu Rajeevaru gestures at devotees who were staging a protest against the Supreme Court verdict on entry of women, as he arrives on the opening day of the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala.
PTI
PTI
Rashtriya Rakshak Samuh activists cover Allahabad Railway Junction board with poster of ‘Prayagraj’ as Uttar Pradesh cabinet approves renaming of the city ‘Allahabad’ to ‘Prayagraj’ ahead of Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad.
PTI
PTI
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) Chief Raj Thackeray arrives at Amravati Railway Station during his Vidarbha tour.
PTI
PTI
Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Kajol, director Karan Johar with the other members of ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ pose for photos to mark the film’s 20 years of completion, in Mumbai.
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A visitor rests at a cemetery as he visits the grave of his ancestors during the Chinese Chung Yeung, or Tomb Sweeping Day, in Hong Kong. Thousands of Hong Kong residents pay respects to their dead ancestors and relatives during the festival. 

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