Maha Shivaratri, the most significant festival for millions of Lord Shiva devotees, will be celebrated with grandeur at Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi.
Actually, devotees in this region believe that offering a broom to Lord Shiva can relieve them from skin ailments and that is why they seek his blessing in this unique manner.
It is a day and night to feel blessed by Lord Shiva in so many ways, and to find ways to express gratitude for what Lord Shiva has done and blessed men with during their lives.
Devotees flocked to Shiva temples on Mahashivratri and the thousands of people who visited the temples Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) left less litter, said forest officials.
Walkeshwar, which has around seven Shiva temples around the Banganga tank, too saw large number of pilgrims.
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.