A photojournalist currently working for The Himalayan Times national daily, Skanda Gautam captures these colourful and solemn portraits of holy men from India and Nepal celebrating the Maha Shivaratri Festival. While smoking marijuana and covering their bodies with ash and paint, thousands of these holy men offer their prayers to Lord Shiva, the Hindu Diety. See more of Gautam’s amazing portfolio on Facebook, Behance and Instagram.