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I was invited to participate at the annual celebration of Shivaratri for the Hindu diety Shiva at the northern California asram of Shree Maa, a teacher of Vedic knowledge in the Shakti tantric tradition.  Shiva is the Hindu deity of transformation, the third deity of the Hindu trinity of life – Brahma (Creation), Vishnu (Maintainer) and Shiva (Transformation).

These photographs were taken during the 24-hour celebratory period of Shivaratri, including the opening puja (ceremony of devotion), a Vedic fire ceremony (homa) offering propitiation and thanks and multiple pujas inside the mandir (temple) and outside in the forest doing propitiation to Shiva.

Photographed and videoed with a Canon 5DM3 and edited with FCP X.