New Year Devotees Feast the Saint of Death

A follower shows a ring of La Santa Muerte (The Saint of Death), a cult figure often depicted as a skeletal grim reaper, near at the saint’s altar at Tepito neighborhood, in Mexico City January 1, 2015. Followers gather at the saint’s altar at the start of the new year to leave offerings of apples, flowers, cigarettes, coloured candles and tequila to thank the saint for favours that have been granted and to ask for new ones in the new year. (Photo by Edgard Garrido/Reuters)
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Happy Mahashivaratri: Hindu Devotees Celebrate the Festival With Religious Fervor

Thousands of Hindu devotees from across India and Pakistan on Monday celebrated the festival of Mahashivaratri with traditional religious fervor as chants of “bam bam bole” and “har har mahadev” reverberated in the air. Devotees from all over the country observed a fast and thronged Shiva temples to worship Lord Shiva. The festival is celebrated in the honor of Hindu God Shiva, one of the Trinity of Gods – the Creator, the Destroyer and the Preserver – who are intrinsic to Hindu mythology.

Pakistani Hindus too celebrated Mahashivratri after a gap of six years when a group of Indian pilgrims joined the festivities at the Katas Raj temple in Chakwal district in the Punjab province in Pakistan.

Hindu devotees pour milk over Shivling (a symbol of Lord Shiva) inside a temple during the Mahashivratri festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad Feb. 20, 2012. (Reuters) Continue reading »