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Hindu religious practice is manifold. Individuals walking along a mountaintop or a river are sometimes overcome with a sense of reverence. If they lean a slab of rock against a tree or create an icon of sand to commemorate that experience, they may find themselves coming back to that sacred place. People in their home often make a vow about what they will eat or how long they will fast or pray. They may dedica…

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Younger, Paul, “Festivals”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 31 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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