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Rakesh JV, a photographer based in Bangalore, India, has captured stunning moments from the Maha Shivaratri festival in India, an annual Hindu celebration in reverence of Lord Shiva. As colorful as the culture, the images focuses mainly on portraits of the participants. Whether they are children getting their faces elaborately painted or men riding their bikes as the sun sets, Rakesh JV's captures are breathtaking.

Most of this is due to the emotion that Rakesh JV's work will evoke in viewers. It is almost as though he invites his audience to be not only a part of the celebration, but the preparations as well. Rakesh JV gives people insight into an Indian ritual that is highly revered.