Mahashivaratri in pictures

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On the occasion of Maha Shivratri devouts thronged the Gauri Shankar Mandir in Old Delhi in New Delhi, India, on Friday, February 24, 2017. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

On the occasion of Maha Shivratri devouts thronged the Gauri Shankar Mandir in Old Delhi in New Delhi, India, on Friday, February 24, 2017. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

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An early morning queue on the occasion of Maha Shivratri devouts thronged the Gauri Shankar Mandir in Old Delhi. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

An early morning queue on the occasion of Maha Shivratri devouts thronged the Gauri Shankar Mandir in Old Delhi. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

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A tilak seen on a child’s forehead. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

A tilak seen on a child’s forehead. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

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A devotee looks up during morning prayers at a temple. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

A devotee looks up during morning prayers at a temple. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

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Devouts chant prayers as they throng a temple complex for blessings. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

Devouts chant prayers as they throng a temple complex for blessings. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

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A lady holds up a thali with a burning flame to bless devotees. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

A lady holds up a thali with a burning flame to bless devotees. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

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An idol of Shiva as seen from behind a screen at a temple in Old Delhi. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

An idol of Shiva as seen from behind a screen at a temple in Old Delhi. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

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A man whispers prayers in the ear of a bronze idol of Nandi bull at the temple courtyard. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

A man whispers prayers in the ear of a bronze idol of Nandi bull at the temple courtyard. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

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A priest applying tilak on a man’s forehead for good luck. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

A priest applying tilak on a man’s forehead for good luck. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

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Devotees jostle for space as they offer garlands and prayers below the temple idol. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

Devotees jostle for space as they offer garlands and prayers below the temple idol. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

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Incense sticks and diyas after morning prayers at the temple. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

Incense sticks and diyas after morning prayers at the temple. (Saumya Khandelwal/HT PHOTO)

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Devotees offering Milk, Honey and Coconut water on a Shivling on the Maha Shivratri festival at Shiv Murti Rangpuri, in Gurgaon.

Devotees offering Milk, Honey and Coconut water on a Shivling on the Maha Shivratri festival at Shiv Murti Rangpuri, in Gurgaon.

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