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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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The festival of Maha Shivratri is observed by devotees of Lord Shiva across India. Though Shivratris fall on the 14th day each month of the lunar calendar, Mahashivratri only falls once a year in the months of February-March. This year it is being celebrated on February 13-14. The festivities and pujas have already begun, with people fasting, performing pujas, going on processions, etc. Here are some photos of such Maha Shivratri festivities from across the country. (Source: AP)

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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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Devotees during Shivratri celebration at Shiv Temple in Sector 38 of Chandigarh. (Source: Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh)

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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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An Indian man dressed as Hindu goddess Kali dances during a procession to mark Mahashivratri festival in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, February 13, 2018. (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)

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