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A colourful parade in Varanasi
celebrating the religious festival of
Shivratri, which is held annually around
the middle of February.
The festival commemorates the marriage between
shakti, that is his female energy, who in her benevolent form is known as
The parade features the main characters related to Shiva, such as Saivites and his shakti.
The latter is portrayed in all her different aspects, i.e. both benevolent appearances, such as Devi, Parvati and Uma, and her terrible or malicious forms, such as Durga and Kali (fig.).
The deeper significance of this festival is the union between the male and female energy.
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