Nepalese Hindu devotees marked the Madhav Narayan festival, which takes place for a full month and is devoted to religious fasting, holy bathing and the study of the Swasthani book.

Thousands of married women and dozens of male devotees concluded their month-long fast for a better life and peace in the country at various temples.

The festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the god of creation and destruction.

A visual story by EFE/EPA photographer NARENDRA SHRESTHA