Indians mark arrival of monsoon with holy dips

STORY: The first Monday of the month-long 'Shraavan' or monsoon is considered extremely auspicious in Hindu religion.

While many in northern Hindu pilgrimage town of Varanasi took holy dips in Ganges River, others offered prayers, milk, water and Bilva leaves to Lord Shiva in temple town of Varanasi and capital New Delhi.

Monsoon season in India is associated with Lord Shiva and it is believed that praying to him during the period would help bring luck and prosperity to the devotees.

The devotees also believe that offering prayers to Shiva would help them attain salvation.

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