Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of Lord Shiva, especially a night which marks the celebration of the marriage of Lord Shiva as per Hindu Mythology. This festival celebrated by the Hindus all over India, especially in the Northern part of India.
The Maha Shivaratri Ritual is mentioned in several books of Hindu Mythology. Different legends describe the significance of Maha Shivaratri, According to one legend in the Shaivism tradition, this is the night when Shiva performs the heavenly dance of creation, chanting of hymns and the devotees joins this cosmic dance and remembers Shiva’s presence everywhere. According to another legend, this is the night when Shiva and Parvati got married. To celebrate both of the legends statement’s parallel in many parts of Northern India Procession being organized on the day of Shivaratri where people dressed up as Lord Shiva & Kali, made dance in Trance along with other devotees of Lord Shiva which are popularly famous as “Shivji ki Barat” (marriage procession of Lord Shiva) on the occasion of Mahashivratri. Aghori’s also invited to take part in the procession as Baraati with Skulls & skeleton which are also being worshipped on the day as a part of local tradition & belief.
Photos from the Procession of Shivji ki Barat shows how people transform themselves into different mythological representation & aghoris seen walked on the street with Skulls during the Maha Shivaratri festival celebration at Allahabad – Uttar Pradesh, India.
About Avishek Das
Avishek Das is an Indian born Documentary Photographer who is currently associated with International News Photo Agency SOPA Images Limited, Hongkong as Photo Journalist.
His photographs and writings have already been published in different Websites & Photo competition in national & International level ( Italy, France, Argentina, Serbia, Romania, Wales, Greece, Canada, China, Bosnia, Malaysia, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Macedonia, Turkey, UK, Bangladesh, Slovakia, UAE, Indonesia), National Geographic Your Shot Edition (80 Times), 1X .com, Vogue, Dodho Magazine, Asian Photography, Better Photography, 121 Clicks, SHADES of GREY & Color Magazine France, Creativeimagemagazine, inspiroIndia, Unframe Italy, Singapore Airlines Silk Magazine and many more His photographs from Reportage & Journalism events are regularly featured on Yahoo Global, The Times UK Edition, The Telegraph UK edition, The Guardian Newspaper, Forbes Magazine, BBC UK, CNBC News, ABP Ananda, Daily STAR UK, Asianet News, Aljazeera News, CGTN News, Msn News, Huffington Post, ESPN News, DPA International, Mail online UK Edition & many more. He bagged more than 480+ Awards (National & International) including Bronze, Silver& Gold Medal from Royal Photographic Society, Photographic Society of America, International Association of Art Photographers, United Photographers International, FédérationInternationale de l’ArtPhotographiquefor his Photographic works.
His significant achievement like – Grand Winner of Ariano Film Festival – Italy (Digital Photo Category), ICICI Bank Privilege Moments Zonal Category Winner (India), Asian Photography Artistique Special Mention Award (India), Metropolis Asia Runner Up Award – Street Photo Category, Finalist in HIPA Award & Siena International Photo Award, Silver Medal Winner in Px3 Paris Global Photo Award, National Award Winner- Sony World Photography Award 2017, Merit & Honor Award in Golden Orchid International Art Festival USA 2017, ND Awards 2017, Tokyo International Photo Awards 2017, 2nd Prize Chromatic International Color Award 2017, Life Press Photo Award Ukraine 2018 (2nd Prize), 1st Prize as Category Winner of Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2019, United Kingdom in World Food Category. He has also been Rated World No 1 Top Exhibitor by Photographic Society of America’s Who’s Who in Photography Book 2016 – Photo Journalism Section. Avishek secured the 3rd Place in People Category of National Geographic Global Photo Contest – 2018.
He has been appointed as Jury Member from Russia, Bosnia, Serbia, India for different International Photography Competitions for more than 25 times. For his Photographic Development & Achievement recently he has been Awarded with Distinction EFIAP Bronze(Excellence FIAP)from FédérationInternationale de l’ArtPhotographique (France) Recognized by UNSECO and Crown Level 2 by Global Photographic Union, Greece, SSS/r by Sille Art Gallery, Turkey, EFIP from Federation of Indian Photography, Hon. PESGSPC / GPA PESGSPC from Cyprus , Hon. CAMPINA from Romania.
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