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Maha Shivratri Festival

Devotees take part in a religious procession on the occasion of Maha Shivratri festival, at Diggha Ghat, Patna in Bihar.

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Devotees take part in a religious procession on the occasion of Maha Shivratri festival, at Diggha Ghat, Patna in Bihar.

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Naga sadhus take part in a religious procession on the occasion of Maha Shivratri festival, in Mirzapur

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A man dressed as god Shiva dances during a procession to mark Mahashivratri festival in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.

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Security personnel stand guard as devotees wait in a queue to offer prayers at Shankaracharya Temple, on top of the Shankaracharya Hill, on the occasion of 'Maha Shivratri', in Srinagar.

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Security personnel stand guard as devotees wait in a queue to offer prayers at Shankaracharya Temple, on top of the Shankaracharya Hill, on the occasion of 'Maha Shivratri', in Srinagar.

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Devotees worship a Shivling, a representation of Hindu god Shiva, at a temple during Shivratri festival, or the night of Shiva, in Kolkata.

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Devotees worship a Shivling, a representation of Hindu god Shiva, at a temple during Shivratri festival, or the night of Shiva, in Kolkata.

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Priests offer prayers to a Shivling, a representation of Hindu god Shiva, during Shivratri festival at Keesaragutta on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

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Devotees perform rituals in front of a shivling, a representation of Hindu god Shiva, during Shivratri festival at Keesaragutta on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

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Devotees performs ritual in front of a Shivling, a representation of god Shiva, during Shivratri festival in Jammu. Shivaratri, or the night of Shiva, is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva, the god of death and destruction.

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A devotee offers prayers to the Sun God after taking a holy dip at the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati river, on the occasion of Maha Shivratri festival in Prayagraj. Friday marks the end of the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela.

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Devotees travel by a boat to offer prayers at Umananda temple, on the occasion of Maha Shivratri, in Guwahati.

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Devotees wait to offer prayers to Lord Shiva on the occasion of Maha Shivratri festival, at Aap Shambhu Temple in Jammu.

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Devotees stand in queues to offer prayer at the Lord Lingaraj temple on the occasion of Maha Shivratri festival in Bhubaneswar.

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Devotees offer prayers at a temple of Lord Shiva on the occasion of 'Maha Shivratri' in Jammu.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath performs 'abhishek' of Lord Shiva on the occasion of 'Maha Shivratri' at Gorakhnath Math in Gorakhpur.

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