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Hindu pilgrims light fireworks around an idol of the Goddess Durga before taking her on a boat to be immersed in the Ganges (Ganga) River in  Varanasi, India during the festival of Dussehra.  On the tenth day after Navaratri (usually in September or October) is the Hindu  festival of Dussehra / Vijay Dashmi.  The immersion of the Goddess Durga symbolizes  the end of the goddess? brief visit to the earth. Photograph by Douglas ZImmerman..