Thursday marks the Hindu festival of Maha Shivaratri, when followers of the faith celebrate the birthday of Shiva, the god of creation and destruction, through special prayers and fasting.
Feb. 27, 2014A sadhu, or holy man, stands on one leg during early morning prayers at the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, to mark the Hindu festival Maha Shivaratri. More than 100,000 Hindus across the country and neighboring India are worshipping at the Pashupatinath Temple to celebrate the birthday of Shiva, the god of creation and destruction. Hindus mark the Maha Shivaratri festival by offering special prayers and fasting. Narendra Shrestha/European Pressphoto Agency