Demo photo: Chintpurni Temple in Una
Thousands of devotees thronged temples in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday to mark the beginning of the Navratri festival, the holy period for the Hindus.
One of the busiest shrines in India, the Naina Devi temple in Bilaspur district sees most of pilgrims from Punjab, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
Huge rush was seen at temples of Chintpurni in Una, Baba Balak Nath in Hamirpur, Brajeshwari Devi, Jwalaji and Chamunda Devi in Kangra and Bhimakali and Hateshwari in Shimla district.
The nine day festival will come to an end on October 10.