MAHASHIVARATRI: SHIVA’S WEDDINGS

Duration 14 minutes, digital video
Varanasi 2001 – Athens 2002

Director: Yannis Tritsibidas 

Research: Dimitrios Vassiliadis 

A documentary film on Maha Shivaratri’s festivities in Benares celebrating Shiva’s wedding with Parvati. This fest of fertility is the largest annual event in Shiva’s holy town and takes place in the Caitr month (February-March) attracting numerous sadhous from all over India including the naked nagas. Thousands of people come together to the Golden Temple to offer their devotion, water from the Ganges river and flowers to the God’s  mythical lingam (phallus). The great dark night of Shiva the Destroyer, is celebrated with a lot of music, dance, parades and bang drinking.

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