Maha Shivratri is celebrated in honour of 'Lord Shiva'. We have for you some photo collections of Maha Shivratri celebrations across India.
Sights on the eve of Mahashivratri
A priest offers prayers to Lord Shiva on the eve of Maha Shivaratri festival.
A procession is held by Naga sadhus with Shahi palki. This is a common sight during Maha Shivratri celebrations in certain cities.
A Sadhu during Mahashivratri
A Sadhu (Holy man) smokes from a clay pipe in the early morning during Shivaratri Festival.
Grand statue of Lord Shiva
Devotees worship a 51 ft tall idol of Lord Shiva on Mahashivratri.
People throng at the Mahashivratri celebrations
People worship Lord Shiva on Maha Shivratri.
A Naga Sadhu
Naga Sadhu taking a dip in the Ganges on the eve of the festival in Varanasi. Every year, lakhs of devotees take a dip in Ganga to wash away all sins on the occasion of Maha Shivratri.
Women performing Mahashivratri rituals
Women perform rituals on bank of Ganga during Maha Shivratri. Gangajal is considered sacred and people use water from Ganga for pujas and Abhishekam.
Devotees gather around to worship Lord Shiva
Devotees queue-up to worship Lord Shiva on Mahashivratri.
Worshipping Shiva in all devotion
People pour `jal` (water) on shivlings as they worship lord Shiva on Maha Shivratri.
Sadhus during Shivratri
Sadhus pose for photos during Maha Shivratri festival
A Hindu priest pouring milk
A Hindu priest pours milk to the idol of Lord Shiva while offering prayers at the Shiva temple on the eve of Maha Shivratri.
Devotees carrying a huge bow
Kanwariyas (worshippers of lord Shiva) carry a huge bow with milk to pour over Shivling.
All a part of Mahashivratri
A person disguised as lord Shiva collects money for 'Shiva Puja'.
Milk offering on Shivling
Milk being poured on Shivling by a priest on Maha Shivratri
Milk poured on 'Shivling' by devotees
Milk poured on 'Shivling' by devotees. The custom is followed by Hindus for generations.
Beliefs and traditions in Mahashivratri
Hindus believe that during the month of 'Shravan', milk is considered as poisonous and must be offered to Lord Shiva during Maha Shivratri.
Yoga on eve of mahashivratri
People from 85 nations participating in yoga on the eve of Maha Shivratri in Rishikesh.
Sights from Kedranath Shrine on eve of Maha Shivratri
People gather at Kedranath Shrine on eve of Maha Shivratri in Uttarakhand.
Wall painting of Lord Shiva
A tourist giving final touches to a wall painting of Lord Shiva.
Devotion and awe of Lord Shiva
It is customary to offer poisonous substance to Shiva during this auspicious occasion. In pics, devotees pouring milk on the Lord Shiva Lingam during Maha Shivratri.
Religious procession on Maha Shivratri
A man disguised as lord Shiva participates in a religious procession on Maha Shivratri.