This morning we worked from the hotel. Since it was a holiday there were two other teams working from the hotel as well.
Maha Shivratri, the night of the worship of Lord Shiva, occurs on the 14th night of the new moon during the dark half of the month of Phalguna. It falls on a moonless February night, when Hindus offer special prayer to the lord of destruction. Shivratri (Sanskrit 'ratri' = night) is the night when he is said to have performed the Tandava Nritya or the dance of primordial creation, preservation and destruction. The festival is observed for one day and one night only.
Due to this holiday we went to the Hindu temple to observe the ceremonies. The decorations were simply amazing and there were tons of people.
As the holiday is tied in with the “lord of destruction” we found it very fitting to be caught in one of the worst hail storms that Ludhiana has ever experienced. On the way back we drove in an auto-rickshaw through a river of water and ice all the way back to the hotel. We were very happy that we did not get stuck in a total flood, and that the vehicle we were in did not die.
Another great day full of experiences in Ludhiana.