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Mahashivaratri Festival in Kathmandu
Kathmandu
By vincenzo floramo
07 Mar 2016

Around a million devotees visited Pashupatinath temple on Monday March 7, 2016 in the occasion of the Mahashivaratri Festival in Kathmandu. The gate of the temple opened at 3 a.m. allowing people to queue from the early morning. Mahashivaratri literally means the greatest night for devotion to Lord Shiva.

The festival falls on the 13th day in the dark fortnight in Falgun on the Hindu calendar. Pashupatinath Temple is regarded as one of the holiest Shiva shrines in the world. The festival consists of ‘warming’ Shiva in the belief that the lord also feels cold on this day. People start bonfires at public squares, houses, temples and shrines and perform prayers.

According to the authorities, 3,000 personnel from Nepal Police and the Armed Police Force were deployed to provide security. More than 5000 Shadus (holy men) arrived for Nepal and India, camping in the temporary shelters set up by the organization.

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Khatmandu
By vincenzo floramo
07 Mar 2016

Crowd of devotees in the area around Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu during the Mahashivaratri festival.

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Khatmandu
By vincenzo floramo
07 Mar 2016

Devotees chanting holy songs and prayer in the early morning at Pashupatinath temple.

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Mahashivaratri Festival in Nepal 03
Khatmandu
By vincenzo floramo
07 Mar 2016

A Sadhu, holy man, sitting in his shelter during the Mahashivaratri festival in Kathmandu.

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Mahashivaratri Festival in Nepal 04
Khatmandu
By vincenzo floramo
07 Mar 2016

Sadhu giving speeches to people along the hill of Pashupatinath temple where he is camping.

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Mahashivaratri Festival in Nepal 05
Khatmandu
By vincenzo floramo
07 Mar 2016

A Sadhu, holy man, stands near the Pashupatinath temple during the Mahashivaratri festival in Kathmandu.

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Mahashivaratri Festival in Nepal 06
Khatmandu
By vincenzo floramo
07 Mar 2016

Devotees pray on the banks of Bagmati river at the crematory besides Pashupatinath temple during the Mahashivaratri festival.

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Mahashivaratri Festival in Nepal 07
Khatmandu
By vincenzo floramo
07 Mar 2016

Female sadhus, known as sadhvis, sitting at Pashupatinath temple during the Mahashivaratri festival.

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Mahashivaratri Festival in Nepal 08
Khatmandu
By vincenzo floramo
07 Mar 2016

A Naga (naked) Sadhu sanding on the terrace of a temple facing the crematory inside Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu.

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Mahashivaratri Festival in Nepal 09
Khatmandu
By vincenzo floramo
07 Mar 2016

A foreign tourist is trapped in the crowd during the Mahashivaratri festival in Kathmandu.

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Mahashivaratri Festival in Nepal 10
Khatmandu
By vincenzo floramo
07 Mar 2016

Beggers surround a devotee holding some amount of money.

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Mahashivaratri Festival in Nepal 11
Khatmandu
By vincenzo floramo
07 Mar 2016

A TV journalist from a local channel broadcasting live from Pashupatinath temple during the Mahashivaratri festival.

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Mahashivaratri Festival in Nepal 12
Khatmandu
By vincenzo floramo
07 Mar 2016

Devotees praying to Lord Shiva at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu.

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Mahashivaratri Festival in Nepal 13
Khatmandu
By vincenzo floramo
06 Mar 2016

An elder Sadhu woman performing a prayer in front of a small shrine at the gate of the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu.

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Mahashivaratri Festival in Nepal 14
Khatmandu
By vincenzo floramo
06 Mar 2016

A Nepali devotee coming out from the Pashupatinath temple after his prayer on the occasion of the Mahashivaratri festival.

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Mahashivaratri Festival in Nepal 15
Khatmandu
By vincenzo floramo
06 Mar 2016

Sadhu, holy man, touches a devotee as a sign of blessing during the night of Shivaratri at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu.

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Khatmandu
By vincenzo floramo
06 Mar 2016

Devotees walking inside a temple during the night of the Mahashivaratri festival in Kathmandu.

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Maha Shivaratri (Part 4 of 4)
Kathmandu, Nepal
By PIKTO VIDEO
10 Mar 2013

Some footage in Pashupatinath (Nepal) during Maha Shivaratri. A lot of footage available, interviews of saddhus (with translation),...also in 1080i uncompressed.