Mahashivratri: Of prayers, fasting and celebration in Mumbai

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Thousands of devotees visited the Shiv Vishwa Shanti Dham temple at Powai Chowk in Ulhasnagar on the occasion of Mahashivratri. (Rishikesh Choudhary/ht photo)

Thousands of devotees visited the Shiv Vishwa Shanti Dham temple at Powai Chowk in Ulhasnagar on the occasion of Mahashivratri. (Rishikesh Choudhary/ht photo)

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Mahashivratri is celebrated on the Chaturdashi of Krishna Paksha in Phagun, the Hindu lunar month. In pic: The Babulnath Temple in Mumbai. (Arijit Sen/HT PHOTO)

Mahashivratri is celebrated on the Chaturdashi of Krishna Paksha in Phagun, the Hindu lunar month. In pic: The Babulnath Temple in Mumbai. (Arijit Sen/HT PHOTO)

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Devotees offer water, milk, bhaang and akwan flowers to Shiva’s idol or Shivalinga. Devotees at Jogeshwari caves in Mumbai. (Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

Devotees offer water, milk, bhaang and akwan flowers to Shiva’s idol or Shivalinga. Devotees at Jogeshwari caves in Mumbai. (Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

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Some celebrate the day as the wedding anniversary of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. (Arijit Sen/HT PHOTO)

Some celebrate the day as the wedding anniversary of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. (Arijit Sen/HT PHOTO)

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Devotees take out a procession, Bhole ki baraat or Shiva’s baraat, in the evening. (Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

Devotees take out a procession, Bhole ki baraat or Shiva’s baraat, in the evening. (Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

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The celebration includes a jaagran, an all-night vigil and prayers. (Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

The celebration includes a jaagran, an all-night vigil and prayers. (Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

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Om Namah Shivaay, the mantra of Shiva, is chanted through the day in temples. (Pramod Thakur/HT PHOTO)

Om Namah Shivaay, the mantra of Shiva, is chanted through the day in temples. (Pramod Thakur/HT PHOTO)

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Shiva is considered an ideal husband and unmarried girls and women pray for a husband like him. In pic: Devotees at Suvarna Temple in Powai. (Prashant Waydande/ht photo)

Shiva is considered an ideal husband and unmarried girls and women pray for a husband like him. In pic: Devotees at Suvarna Temple in Powai. (Prashant Waydande/ht photo)

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A sand art at Juhu chowpatty. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)

A sand art at Juhu chowpatty. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)

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Mahashivaratri is celebrated over three or ten days based on the Hindu luni-solar calendar. (Arijit Sen/HT PHOTO)

Mahashivaratri is celebrated over three or ten days based on the Hindu luni-solar calendar. (Arijit Sen/HT PHOTO)

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The Mumbai airport exhibited a giant Trimurti statue at terminal 1 on Friday. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)

The Mumbai airport exhibited a giant Trimurti statue at terminal 1 on Friday. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)

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