Numerous images shows worshippers sporting dreadlocks in both their long beards and hair. "We just got Bilvapatra (a trifoliate leaf offered to Shiva) and milk as offering".
Maha Shivratri is celebrated on the 14th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Maagha from the Hindu lunar calendar, one night and day before the new moon.
Devotees take part in a procession- "Shiv baraat" on the occasion of Mahashivratri in Patna, Bihar.
On this occasion, devotees keep day-long fast and break it only after completion of the ritual in Shiva temples. Hindus further believe that Lord Shiva performs "tandav nritya" on the night of Shivratri and offer honey, milk and water to the God.