Posted on February 27, 2014, at 5:06 p.m. ET
A devotee dressed as Lord Shiva during a religious procession for Mahashivratri in the northern Indian city of Allahabad on Feb. 27.
A Hindu devotee at a Shivratri procession in Allahabad.
A man dressed as Lord Shiva performs with fire during Shivratri celebrations in Allahabad.
A woman dressed as the Hindu Goddess Kali participates in a Shivratri procession in Allahabad.
A devotee holds a python during a Shivratri procession in Allahabad.
A devotee holds a human bone in his mouth during the Shivratri procession in Allahabad.
Devotees dressed as Lord Shiva (right) with a snake in his mouth, and Mata Parvati (left) participate in a procession on the eve of the Shivaratri in Jammu in the northernmost part in India.
An artist is helped with getting dressed as both Shiva and his wife Parvati before a religious procession in Jammu.
Devotees perform a mock cremation ritual during a procession in Allahabad.
A devotee holds a human skull and a bone in his mouth during a procession in Allahabad.
A "sadhu" at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu.
A holy man talks to his devotee during Shivaratri at the courtyard of the Pashupatinath temple.
A sadhu smokes marijuana on a chillum (pipe) at the Pashupatinath Temple during Shivaratri.
A Hindu holy woman smokes marijuana during the "Shivaratri" festival in the courtyard of the Pashupatinath temple.
A "sadhu" rubs ashes on his hand at Pashupatinath.
A Nepalese "sadhu" smokes marijuana using a 'chillum', a traditional clay pipe, as a holy offering for Lord Shiva.
A dreadlocked "sadhu" at the Pashupatinath temple.
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