Dogs blessed during Nepali festival

Posted By elaine on November 13, 2012

 Police officers garland their dogs after applying vermillion to their foreheads on the occasion of the Tihar festival in Kathmandu on November 13, 2012.(Prakash Mathema / AFP - Getty Images

Police officers garland their dogs after applying vermillion to their foreheads on the occasion of the Tihar festival in Kathmandu on November 13, 2012.(Prakash Mathema / AFP - Getty Images

Policemen apply vermillion powder and perform rituals on a dog during the Tihar festival at a police kennel division in Kathmandu, Nepal.

This police dog doesn't seem to get what is going on during a festival in India.  (Photo:Niranjan Shrestha / AP)

This police dog doesn't seem to get what is going on during a festival in Nepal. (Photo:Niranjan Shrestha / AP)

Dogs are worshipped to acknowledge their role in providing security during the Tihar festival, one of the most important Hindu festivals dedicated to the worship of the Goddess of wealth Laxmi.

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