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Swasthani's Inner Sanctum
The women pray for their family's well-being, or for a good husband if they are unmarried. Before sunset, the devotees chant the sacred hymns and offer gifts to other pilgrims. When the sun sets and that day’s rituals are complete, they return to their host’s home, eat a bowl of rice and go to sleep, waking before dawn for next day of worship.
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