PICS: Devotees Gear Up to Celebrate Maha Shivratri 2020

India | AFP | February 20, 2020, 3:24 pm
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 Devotees perform rituals on a shivling, an idol symbolic of Lord Shiva at a temple on the eve of the Maha Shivratri festival in Amritsar. (Image: AFP)
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Devotees perform rituals on a shivling, an idol symbolic of Lord Shiva at a temple on the eve of the Maha Shivratri festival in Amritsar. (Image: AFP)

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 A sadhu applies paint on his face near the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu. (Image: AFP)
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A sadhu applies paint on his face near the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu. (Image: AFP)

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 Devotees offer prayers at a temple on the eve of the Maha Shivratri festival in Amritsar. (Image: AFP)
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Devotees offer prayers at a temple on the eve of the Maha Shivratri festival in Amritsar. (Image: AFP)

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 A sadhu performs a ritual ahead of the Maha Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu. (Image: AFP)
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A sadhu performs a ritual ahead of the Maha Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu. (Image: AFP)

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 Pilgrims leave the Durgiana Temple after paying their respects on their way to reach the Katas Raj Temples to celebrate Maha Shivratri festival, in Amritsar. (Image: AFP)
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Pilgrims leave the Durgiana Temple after paying their respects on their way to reach the Katas Raj Temples to celebrate Maha Shivratri festival, in Amritsar. (Image: AFP)

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 Devotees pour water and milk over a shivling at a temple on the eve of the Maha Shivratri festival in Amritsar. (Image: AFP)
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Devotees pour water and milk over a shivling at a temple on the eve of the Maha Shivratri festival in Amritsar. (Image: AFP)

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 Sadhus take part in a religious procession ahead of Maha Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu. (Image: AFP)
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Sadhus take part in a religious procession ahead of Maha Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu. (Image: AFP)

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 Devotees pour water over a shivling at a temple on the eve of the Maha Shivratri festival in Amritsar. (Image: AFP)
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Devotees pour water over a shivling at a temple on the eve of the Maha Shivratri festival in Amritsar. (Image: AFP)

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 A sadhu wearing a protective facemask poses for photographs ahead of Maha Shivaratri in Kathmandu. (Image: AFP)
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A sadhu wearing a protective facemask poses for photographs ahead of Maha Shivaratri in Kathmandu. (Image: AFP)

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 Pilgrims leave the Durgiana Temple after paying their respects on their way to reach the Katas Raj Temples to celebrate Maha Shivratri festival, in Amritsar. (Image: AFP)
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Pilgrims leave the Durgiana Temple after paying their respects on their way to reach the Katas Raj Temples to celebrate Maha Shivratri festival, in Amritsar. (Image: AFP)

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 Sadhus arrive to take part in a religious procession ahead of Maha Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu. (Image: AFP)
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Sadhus arrive to take part in a religious procession ahead of Maha Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu. (Image: AFP)

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 Devotees pour water and milk over a shivling at a temple on the eve of the Maha Shivratri festival in Amritsar. (Image: AFP)
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Devotees pour water and milk over a shivling at a temple on the eve of the Maha Shivratri festival in Amritsar. (Image: AFP)

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 Sadhus perform morning rituals at the courtyard of Pashupati temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Image: AP)
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Sadhus perform morning rituals at the courtyard of Pashupati temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Image: AP)

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 A boy smeared in ash gets ready for his morning prayers at the courtyard of Pashupati temple in Kathmandu. (Image: AP)
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A boy smeared in ash gets ready for his morning prayers at the courtyard of Pashupati temple in Kathmandu. (Image: AP)

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 Devotees arrive to offer prayers at Pashupati temple in Kathmandu. (Image: AP)
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Devotees arrive to offer prayers at Pashupati temple in Kathmandu. (Image: AP)

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 A sadhu performs morning rituals at the courtyard of Pashupati temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Image: AP)
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A sadhu performs morning rituals at the courtyard of Pashupati temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. (Image: AP)

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