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There are many ways to celebrate Maha Shivratri, the Hindu festival that means “the great night of Shiva”, marking the marriage of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. Prayers and fasting are common but this man entertains a crowd with his fire-eating skills, producing flames that form a giant ball above his head. His side-kick stands near him carrying a plastic bottle of paraffin. His might be a primal act but Shivratri is also when Shiva is said to have performed the Tandava Nritya, or the dance of primordial creation, preservation and destruction. slideshow
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