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Shivaratri festival

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Shivaratri festival
Shivaratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Shiva.
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February 27, 2014
Hindu devotees walk slowly in a queue past an idol of a Natraja as they throng to a temple to offer prayers...
Chennai, India
Hindu devotees walk slowly in a queue past an idol of a Natraja as they throng to a temple to offer prayers...
Hindu devotees walk slowly in a queue past an idol of a Natraja as they throng to a temple to offer prayers on the occasion of the Mahashivratri festival in the southern Indian city of Chennai February 27, 2014. Hindus across the country celebrate Mahashivratri, better known as Lord Shiva's wedding anniversary. Lord Shiva is also known as Nataraja, the Lord of Dancers. REUTERS/Babu
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February 27, 2014
A Hindu devotee places his offerings on Shivling (a symbol of Lord Shiva) while praying inside a temple...
Chennai, India
A Hindu devotee places his offerings on Shivling while praying inside a temple on the occasion of Mahashivratri...
A Hindu devotee places his offerings on Shivling (a symbol of Lord Shiva) while praying inside a temple on the occasion of the Mahashivratri festival in the southern Indian city of Chennai February 27, 2014. Hindus across the country celebrate Mahashivratri, better known as Lord Shiva's wedding anniversary. Lord Shiva is also known as Nataraja, the Lord of Dancers. REUTERS/Babu
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February 27, 2014
A visitor meditates at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A visitor meditates at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu...
A visitor meditates at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu February 27, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 26, 2014
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, is pictured with his dreadlocks as he performs yoga at the premises of Pashupatinath...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, is pictured with his dreadlocks as he performs yoga at the premises of Pashupatinath...
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, is pictured with his dreadlocks as he performs yoga at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 26, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival, which falls on February 27 this year. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 26, 2014
A trident, which is locally called "Trishul" and a weapon used by Lord Shiva, is pictured in front of...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A trident is pictured in front of a Hindu holy man, or sadhu, at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple...
A trident, which is locally called "Trishul" and a weapon used by Lord Shiva, is pictured in front of a Hindu holy man, or sadhu, at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 26, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival, which falls on February 27 this year. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 26, 2014
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, changes after taking a bath at the bank of Bagmati River flowing through...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, changes after taking a bath at the bank of Bagmati River flowing through...
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, changes after taking a bath at the bank of Bagmati River flowing through the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 26, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival, which this year falls on February 27. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 26, 2014
Hindu holy men, or sadhu's chant prayer songs in tune with a harmonium at the premises of Pashupatinath...
Kathmandu, Nepal
Hindu holy men, or sadhu's chant prayer songs in tune with a harmonium at the premises of Pashupatinath...
Hindu holy men, or sadhu's chant prayer songs in tune with a harmonium at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 26, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival, which this year falls on February 27. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 26, 2014
Hindu holy man, or sadhu, lights marijuana in a chillum at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu...
Kathmandu, Nepal
Hindu holy man, or sadhu, lights marijuana in a chillum at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu...
Hindu holy man, or sadhu, lights marijuana in a chillum at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 26, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival, which this year falls on February 27. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 26, 2014
A hand of a Hindu holy man, or sadhu, covered with ashes is pictured as he sits beside a fire at his...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A hand of a Hindu holy man, or sadhu, covered with ashes is pictured as he sits beside a fire at his...
A hand of a Hindu holy man, or sadhu, covered with ashes is pictured as he sits beside a fire at his ashram on the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 26, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival, which this year falls on February 27. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 26, 2014
A youth priest uses an axe to cut firewood used to prepare food and to distribute among the Hindu holy...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A youth priest uses an axe to cut firewood used to prepare food and to distribute among the Hindu holy...
A youth priest uses an axe to cut firewood used to prepare food and to distribute among the Hindu holy men, or sadhu's, at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 26, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival, which this year falls on February 27. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 26, 2014
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, sits beside a fire after smearing his body with ashes at his ashram on the...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, sits beside a fire after smearing his body with ashes at his ashram on the...
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, sits beside a fire after smearing his body with ashes at his ashram on the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 26, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival, which this year falls on February 27. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 26, 2014
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, looks into the mirror as he applies paint on his forehead and neck at the...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, looks into the mirror as he applies paint on his forehead and neck at the...
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, looks into the mirror as he applies paint on his forehead and neck at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 26, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival, which this year falls on February 27. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 26, 2014
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, recites prayer from a holy book at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, recites prayer from a holy book at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in...
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, recites prayer from a holy book at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 26, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival, which this year falls on February 27. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 26, 2014
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, rubs ashes on his hand at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, rubs ashes on his hand at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu...
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, rubs ashes on his hand at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 26, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival, which falls on February 27 this year. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 26, 2014
A man repaints the words that read "Hay Ram" in Nepali, a day before the Shivaratri festival at the premises...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A man repaints the words that read "Hay Ram" in Nepali, a day before the Shivaratri festival at the premises...
A man repaints the words that read "Hay Ram" in Nepali, a day before the Shivaratri festival at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 26, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival, which falls on February 27 this year. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. Ram refers to the name of a Hindu god. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 26, 2014
An artist gets her makeup done before taking part in a religious procession ahead of the Mahashivratri...
Jammu, India
An artist gets her makeup done before taking part in religious procession ahead of the Mahashivratri...
An artist gets her makeup done before taking part in a religious procession ahead of the Mahashivratri festival in Jammu February 26, 2014. Hindus across the country celebrate Mahashivratri, better known as Lord Shiva's wedding anniversary. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta
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February 26, 2014
An artist is helped with getting dressed as both Hindu god Lord Shiva and his wife goddess Parvati before...
Jammu, India
An artist is helped with getting dressed as both Hindu god Lord Shiva and his wife goddess Parvati before...
An artist is helped with getting dressed as both Hindu god Lord Shiva and his wife goddess Parvati before taking part in a religious procession ahead of the Mahashivratri festival in Jammu February 26, 2014. Hindus across the country celebrate Mahashivratri, better known as Lord Shiva's wedding anniversary. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta
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February 26, 2014
Young priests watch as devotees walk in the premises of Pashupatinath Temple a day before the Shivaratri...
Kathmandu, Nepal
Young priests watch as devotees walk in the premises of Pashupatinath Temple a day before the Shivaratri...
Young priests watch as devotees walk in the premises of Pashupatinath Temple a day before the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu February 26, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival, which this year falls on February 27. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 27, 2014
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, cleans his teeth using a twig at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, cleans his teeth using a twig at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during...
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, cleans his teeth using a twig at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu February 27, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the festival. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 27, 2014
A Hindu holy woman wraps herself with a plastic sheet to keep warm during the Shivaratri festival at...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A Hindu holy woman wraps herself with a plastic sheet to keep warm during Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu...
A Hindu holy woman wraps herself with a plastic sheet to keep warm during the Shivaratri festival at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 27, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to the temple to take part in the festival. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 27, 2014
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, smiles as he speaks with visitors at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, smiles as he speaks with visitors in Kathmandu
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, smiles as he speaks with visitors at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu February 27, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 27, 2014
Pashupatinath Temple is seen early morning during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu February 27, 2014....
Kathmandu, Nepal
Pashupatinath Temple is seen early morning during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu
Pashupatinath Temple is seen early morning during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu February 27, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 27, 2014
Hindu holy men, or sadhus, play traditional instruments as they sit at the premises of Pashupatinath...
Kathmandu, Nepal
Hindu holy men sit at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu...
Hindu holy men, or sadhus, play traditional instruments as they sit at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu February 27, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 27, 2014
A Hindu holy woman stretches her hands over a fire to keep warm during the Shivaratri festival at the...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A Hindu holy woman stretches her hands over a fire to keep warm during the Shivaratri festival at the...
A Hindu holy woman stretches her hands over a fire to keep warm during the Shivaratri festival at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu February 27, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 27, 2014
Young priests watch as devotees walk in the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival...
Kathmandu, Nepal
Young priests watch as devotees walk in the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival...
Young priests watch as devotees walk in the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu February 27, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 27, 2014
Hindu holy men, or sadhus, sit at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival...
Kathmandu, Nepal
Hindu holy men sit at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu...
Hindu holy men, or sadhus, sit at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu February 27, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 27, 2014
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, peels an apple at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A Hindu holy man peels an apple at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival...
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, peels an apple at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu February 27, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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February 27, 2014
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, demonstrates his yoga skills in front of visitors at the premises of Pashupatinath...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A Hindu holy man demonstrates his yoga skills at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri...
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, demonstrates his yoga skills in front of visitors at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu February 27, 2014. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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