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Laxmi idols

BJP Mahila Morcha activists during its maiden Lakshmi Puja at the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre in Salt Lake area, Kolkata.

Photo by Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

BJP Mahila Morcha activists during its maiden Lakshmi Puja at the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre in Salt Lake area, Kolkata.

Photo by Sandipan Chatterjee/Outlook

A devotee immerses an idol of Goddess Laxmi in Ganga River after offering prayers, in Kolkata.

PTI Photo/Ashok Bhaumik

Devotees immerse an idol of Goddess Laxmi in Ganga River after offering prayers, in Kolkata.

PTI Photo/Ashok Bhaumik

People buy clay idols of Laxmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, ahead of Laxmi Puja festival in Kolkata. India's confirmed coronavirus caseload surpassed 8 million with daily infections dipping to the lowest level this week, as concerns grew over a major Hindu festival season and winter setting in.

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