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IN PICTURES: The great night of Lord Shiva

Last updated on: February 27, 2014 16:33 IST

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Mahashivratri, one of the major Hindu festivals, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. On this day, devotees stay awake throughout the night offering prayers to the Lord.

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Image: A sadhu at the Kedarnath Temple in Uttarakhand
Photographs: Tinesh Bhasin/Rediff

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After the Creation, Parvati, Shiva's wife, asked him which devotees and rituals pleased him the most. Shiva replied that the 14th night of the new moon, is his most favourite day.

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Image: A hand of a Sadhu holds a trident at the premises of a temple during the Shivaratri festival.
Photographs: Reuters

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Mahashivratri is celebrated day and night -- many devotees observe fast day and night -- and give sacred bath to the Shivlinga, the symbol of the energy and potentiality of the god, and chant “Om Namah Shivay”.

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Image: A Kashmiri woman pours milk into a sacred pot during Mahashivratri in Srinagar.
Photographs: Fayaz Kabli/Reuters

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As per traditions, the penances are performed in order to gain boons in the practice of Yoga and meditation, in order to reach life's 'highest good,' steadily and swiftly.

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Image: Children dressed as Lord Shiva take part in a religious procession on the eve of Mahashivaratri in Bhopal.
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The religious belief is that if one offers milk, Dhatura (a kind of intoxicating plant) and belpatra to Lord Shiva and observes a night-long vigil and a fast, one will receive heavenly blessings.

The Shiva temples are bursting with life as people gather for worship throughout the day, where special pujas are offered to the Lord from day break.

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Image: A priest offers an evening prayer as devotees sing holy songs on the eve of Shivaratri festival at the premises of a temple.
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Advanced seekers, spend most of their time in meditation. Married women pray for their husband's longer life, while unmarried women pray for a virtuous husband.

In the holy city of Allahabad, lakhs of devotees take a divine dip in the Ganga.

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Image: Young priests watch as devotees walk in the premises of a Temple a day before the Shivaratri festival.
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The devotees only break their fast the next morning, and eat the prasad offered to Shiva.

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Image: A holy man recites prayers from a holy book at the premises of a temple.
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In South India, Mahashivratri is a widely celebrated in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, as Lord Shiva is regarded as the Adi Guru from whom the yogic tradition originates.

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Image: Priests carry a shrine of Lord Shiva to bless devotees as they pray during the annual Maha Shivaratri festival at Shivam Kovil in Colombo.
Photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

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In Nepal, thousands of devotees, including those from India, throng the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu and queue up for hours for a darshan of the Lord.

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Image: Pashupatinath Temple is pictured in this general view taken in the early morning in Kathmandu
Photographs: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

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The devotees take Prasad, sing Shiva hymns, make bonfire and take holy dips. This day also marks the day when the Lord performed the divine dance, Tandava, which depicts his violent nature. Shiva as Natraja is also considered the supreme lord of dance.


Image: Sindoor is seen on a hand of a sadhu as he applies it to his forehead and body at his ashram on the premises of a temple.
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