Maha Shivaratri Festival Specialties in Pashupatinath Temple of Nepal
Maha Shivaratri is a major festival in Nepal and it implies Night of the Lord Shiva. Nepalese celebrate this festival every year on the Magha month of its 14th day of the dark’s fortnight, according to the lunar calendar followed by Hindu religion.
According to Hindu mythology, on the day of Maha Shivaratri, Northern Hemisphere’s stars remain at their optimum positions to assist any individual to achieve his or her spiritual energy. Even Hindus believe that principles and teachings of Lord Shiva are at maximum on this day and night of the whole year.
Festival Marks the Convergence of Shakti and Shiva
People all over the country of Nepal celebrate Maha Shivaratri to mark the convergence of Shakti and Shiva. Even the celebration also involves the night when Mahadev performed his cosmic dance, popularly known as Tandav.
Maha Shivaratri Celebration at Pashupatinath Shiva Temple
Hundreds and thousands of Shiva devotees accumulate at the Pashupatinath Temple located in the capital city of Nepal i.e. Kathmandu. Other thain holiest shrines for Hindu religion, Pashupatinath temple acts as a guardian and a protector of the entire Kathmandu Valley and other regions of Nepal.
Shiva Devotees and Holy Sadhus-Special Attractions of the Festival
Shiva devotees chant ‘Mahamritunjaya’ and ‘Om Namah Shivay’ mantras for the whole night and thereby, pray to take them to the light from darkness. Tourists, on the other side, enjoy the temple’s ambiance with huge curiosity.
Moreover, a few religious tourists communicate and observe the devotion of various naked and colorful holy sadhus, as meditating, giving different poses for photos and interact with their disciples. Furthermore, a few Sadhus visit the temple by covering them completely with ashes.
Other than this, you will find a few special attendance camps, as set up in the Pashupatinath and other Shiva temples’ courtyards, while children collect donations from passerby to prepare the bonfire and holy meal on the eve of Maha Shivaratri festival.
On the other side, managers of Pashupatinath temple manage proper places for devotees to let them enjoy own meals, as large number of devotees like to distribute food to other people present in the temple.
Night Long Puja of Lord Shiva
Maha Shivaratri, as the name highlights has associated with the night. Because of this, Lord Shiva devotees stay up for the whole night and offer prayers to the Lord Shiva. Devotees at the Pashpatinath Temple carry out the night’s four Prahars Puja for the night long in the temple, while they usually stay in tents arranged across the Gaushala road of Nepal.