In Pictures: The Bala Chaturdashi festival in Nepal

The festival of Bala Chaturdashi in Nepal is held at the Pashupati Temple near Kathmandu every year in late November or early December. Hindu pilgrims from all over Nepal and India gather at the temple, which is considered the most sacred temple of Shiva (Pashupati), in Nepal. An all-night vigil marks the beginning of Bala Chaturdashi. The pilgrims chant and dance by the light of their small wick lamps through the night while paying homage to Lord Shiva. At daybreak, worshippers make their way down to the holy Bagmati River for ritual bathing.

Nepalese Hindu devotees offer oil lamps in the Bagmati River as they observe the festival of Bala Chaturdashi in the early morning hours of Nov 28, 2016 at the Pashupati Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Nepalese Hindu devotees offer oil lamps in the Bagmati River as they observe the festival of Bala Chaturdashi in the early morning hours of Nov 28, 2016 at the Pashupati Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal.
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Devotees holding oil lamps perform religious rituals on the bank of the Bagmati River flowing through the premises of Pashupatinath Temple, during the Bala Chaturdashi festival in Kathmandu.
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Nepalese Hindu devotees on their way to sow Satabij, seven kinds of seeds, as they observe the festival of Bala Chaturdashi in the forest near the premises of the Pashupati Temple in Nepal on Nov 28, 2016.
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Oil lamps offered by devotees illuminate the Bagmati River flowing through the premises of the Pashupatinath Temple during the Bala Chaturdashi festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Nov 28, 2016.
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Nepalese Hindu devotees offer oil lamps in the Bagmati River as they observe the festival of Bala Chaturdashi in the early morning hours of Nov 28, 2016 at the Pashupati Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. PHOTO: EPA
Devotees holding oil lamps perform religious rituals on the bank of Bagmati River flowing through the premises of Pashupatinath Temple, during the Bala Chaturdashi festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Nov 28, 2016.

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Devotees gather around oil lamps as they perform religious ritual at Pashupatinath Temple, during the Bala Chaturdashi festival, in Kathmandu, Nepal on Nov 27, 2016.
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Nepalese Hindu devotees offer oil lamps in the Bagmati River as they observe the festival of Bala Chaturdashi in the early morning hours at the Pashupati Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal on Nov 28, 2016.
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Nepalese Hindu devotees on their way to sow Satabij, seven kinds of seeds, as they observe the festival of Bala Chaturdashi in the forest near the premises of the Pashupati Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, in the early hours of Nov 28, 2016.
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A picture taken with a slow shutter speed shows Nepalese Hindu devotees on their way to sow Satabij, seven kinds of seeds, as they observe the festival of Bala Chaturdashi near the premises of the Pashupati Temple in Kathmandu in the early hours of Nov 28, 2016.
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