Hindus (Shivaratri. Kolkata, India)
Reel Duration: 12’50”
Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honor of the god Shiva. There is a Shivaratri in every lunar month on its 13th night and 14th day, but once a year in late winter (February/March) and before the arrival of spring, marks Maha Shivaratri which means “the Great Night of Shiva”. This reel was shot in the Jay Bhutnath Temple in Kolkata, on the banks of the Hooghly River during the festivities.
Here, the ardent devotees, offer fruits, leaves, sweets and milk to the Shiva’s lingam and some perform all-day fasting with Vedic or tantric worship, and Yoga on the banks of the river.