The days and nights leading up to the great night were intoxicating - the town was filling up with men, women, children and families, all gathered by their love and devotion to Lord Siva, there were chants of Om Namah Shivaya, offerings of the sacred "bilva" tree (bael) , it is a day of renunciation and prayer, a night of fasting, with an all night vigil ,worshiping Lord Siva - this is Mahashivratri - the great night of Siva, when Lord Siva appears.
After the fasting, the puja and abulations over, women wonder around, continuing their worship, and the street markets come alive selling odds and ends from bindis to bangles.
The men in the town head to Dinesh - who gets ready at the crack of dawn , to set up his shop and start business. I am amazed at this small , nimble but well equipped barber shop. I watch him set up his shop,ask if I can take pictures. He smiles sweetly and nods his head. I wait to see his first customer .