Devotees with their cheeks pierced with a metal rod take part in a procession to mark 'Maha Shivratri' festival in Chennai on February 14, 2018. All pics/AFP
A devotee cries in pain as his mouth is pierced with a metal rod to take part in a procession to mark the festival in Chennai
A devotee gets her tongue pierced with a metal rod to take part in a procession during 'Maha Shivratri celebration' in Chennai
A devotee of Lord Shiva holds a human skull during a religious procession
A devotee of Lord Shiva takes part in a religious procession to mark the Hindu festival of Maha Shivratri in Allahabad
Devotees with their cheeks pierced with a metal rod take part in a procession to mark 'Maha Shivratri' in Chennai
Artists dressed as the Hindu deity Shiva and Parvati, Mata Kali pose during a religious procession to mark the festival in Amritsar
Artists dressed as Lord Shiva takes selfie pictures during a religious function on the eve of the Maha Shivratri festival at a temple in Amritsar
An artist dressed as the Hindu deity Mata Kali poses during a religious procession in Amritsar
People offer prayers to mark the Hindu Festival 'Maha Shivratri' at Vahelal village, some 30 kms from Ahmedabad
Devotees offer prayers before a Shiva Lingam, a stone sculpture representing the phallus of the God Lord Shiva, during the Maha Shivratri festival at The Shivala Temple in Amritsar
People offer lotus flowers on the 'Shree Pranav Pardeshwar Mahadev', a Shiva Linga made of solidified mercury, to mark the Hindu festival 'Maha Shivratri' at Vahelal village, some 30 km from Ahmedabad.
Hindu devotees across India marked the Maha Shivaratri festival by offering special prayers and fasting to worship the deity, Shiva. Here are some rare moments from the celebration.
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