In India and Nepal, devoted Hindus dress up in elaborate costumes to celebrate Maha Shivrati or the Great Night of Shiva in reverence of Lord Shiva, lord of destruction.
Himalayan peaks tower over a Mt. Everest base camp at Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal on January 13, 2014. (pat_ong/Flickr)
A child leans out from behind a barrier to watch a competition on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal on August 23, 2013. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)
A young girl holds her ground amidst a flock of pigeons in Kathmandu, Nepal on May 10, 2013. (Elliot Scott/Flickr)
A Buddhist statue watches from above in Kathmandu, Nepal on May 10, 2013. (Elliot Scott/Flickr)
Festivities commemorating Shravan, the holiest month of the Hindu calendar, are well underway in Nepal, and devotees are celebrating with vivid colors and timeless rituals.
Corn is shucked and smoked and the husks are saved for later use as fuel in Kathmandu, Nepal on July 7, 2013. (Sharada Prasad/Flickr)
Transgendered performers in colorful ornaments carefully put on make-up backstage in Kathmandu, Nepal on May 17, 2013. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)
A Hindu sadhu or holy man walks on the premises of the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal on May 26, 2013. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)
A young boy covered in red powder for Holi, the Festival of Color on March 8, 2012 in Kathmandu, Nepal. (satyamjoshi/Flickr)
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