Mahashivaratri in pictures: Getting high with Sadhus

A Sadhu seems to be getting ready for the big day — Mahashivaratri — outside the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu.

Kathmandu, February 24

Mahashivaratri, according to legends, is the night when Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati tied the knot. Nepal celebrates the big day in a big way, especially in and around the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. Lakhs of faithfuls from India, different parts of Nepal and many other countries around the world throng to Kathmandu, waiting in line lines at the temple for darshan.

Sadhus of different hues and colours are part of that sea of humanity that come to Kathmandu, with many choosing to shift their bases around the temple. Would you like to sample these pictures and get in on the festive mood?

GOTTA READ, SERIOUSLY: A Sadhu doing some serious reading outside the Pashupatinath Temple during Mahashivartri.
BLOWING OUT THE WIND: A Sadhu playing his musical instrument during the big day.
The ‘resident Hanuman’ of Pashupatinath giving ‘darshan’ to all and sundry during Mahashivaratri.

STONED, KINDA: A Sadhu getting high outside the Pashupatinath Temple, in Kathmandu.

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