Image of Asia: Offering a prayer to the Hindu god Shiva
The Associated Press
Aug. 10, 2015
In this photo by Rajesh Kumar Singh, smoke rises from burning incense as a devotee offers prayers to Hindu god Shiva at a temple, on the occasion of Shrawan Somvar in Lucknow, India. Hindus consider Shrawan Somvar, the Mondays of the Hindu calendar month Shrawan, an auspicious time to worship Shiva, the god of death and destruction. Hindu is the religion of about 81 percent of India's 1.3 billion people.