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Maha Shivratri 2018: How India is celebrating Lord Shiva and the Shivratri festival

Shivratri is observed every month but Maha Shivratri, or the "Great night of Shiva", is celebrated only once a year. The festivities and pujas are carried out by devotees of Lord Shiva across India. This year, the mahurat has fallen on February 13-14. Here's a glimpse of how people across the country are celebrating Mahashivratri.

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Devotees dressed as Hindu goddess Kali participate in a procession. (Source:File Image)

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Artists dressed up as Lord Shiv performed during the Shivratri celebrations at Sanatam Dharam Mandir in sector 38 Chandigarh. (Source: Express Photo by Sahil Walia)

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On this day, devotees of Lord Shiva observe a fast and visit Shiva temples across the country. Pujas are performed in the late evening and milk is offered to the Shivaling. At some temples, cultural programmes are also organised. (Source: File Image)

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People pray at a Shiva Temple in Vile Parle, Mumbai. Source: Express Photo by Vignesh Krishnamoorthy)

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An Indian man holds a skull and a bone during a procession to mark Mahashivratri festival in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, February 13, 2018. (Source: AP)

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Devotees of Bharat Sevashram Sangha organised a religious procession to mark Maha Shivratri on the streets of Kolkata. (Source: AP)

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Two Indian youth dressed as Hindu goddess Kali take a selfie during a procession to mark Mahashivratri festival in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, February 13, 2018. (Source: AP)

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Girls offering prayers at a Shiva temple in Patna on the occasion of Maha Shivratri on Tuesday. (Source: PTI)

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Kolkata: A view of a wholesale flower market on the occasion of Hindu festival of Mahashivratri, in Kolkata on Tuesday. (Source: PTI)

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Devotees offer prayers to Lord Shiva on the occasion of Maha Shivratri festival in Bikaner on Tuesday. (Source: PTI)

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Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his wife Sadhna Singh pulling a chariot of Lord Shiva during a Shiv Barat (procession), being taken out on the occasion of Maha Shivratri festival in Bhopal on Tuesday. (Source: PTI)

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Devotees offer prayers at Kopineswar Temple on the occasion of Maha Shivratri in Thane, Mumbai on Tuesday. (Source: PTI)

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Devotees wait in a queue to offer prayers at a temple on the occasion of Mahashivratri in Allahabad on Tuesday. (Source: PTI)