Maha Shivaratri Festival in Kathmandu Nepal - Himalayan Smile Treks

Maha Shivaratri Festival in Kathmandu Nepal

Maha Shivaratri Festival in Kathmandu Nepal

Maha Shivaratri is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in Nepal and India where the Hindus are in big numbers. This festival is especially dedicated to god Shiva. Shiva is one of the major gods in Hinduism. This festival falls on the 14th dark fortnight in the month of Magha according to Nepali calendar. This festival is known as opportunity that deals grabbing the spiritual energy more easily because the stars on the northern hemisphere fall on the optimum distance.

There are bunch of temples and shrines around Kathmandu where millions of devotees come together to celebrate this festival. Pashupatinath is one the holiest Hindu temple in Nepal and on the day of Maha Shivaratri millions of peoples, devotees, holy person gather around Pashupatinath temple where they worship, practice ritual and perform holy action. Many Nagas (Naked holy person) performs their special dance and they burn fire. Lot of weed, marijuana is smoked on this way as a offering from god Shiva.

There is public holiday on this day in Nepal and also army day falls in the same day thus we can see Nepali army following the air shows and stunts which is eye-catching. The kids celebrate this festival blocking the road with ropes to collect some money for the offerings and bonfire for the evening. We burn the holy fire in the evening which is called Dhuni which also aims to push the winter away to bring the spring back. This is the precious day if you are culture and religion explorer and you can see so many people at the common platform. The whole Pashupati temple square area used to be jam with devotees from Nepal, India, and south Asia also we can see many visitors from around the world. We can see the devotees around Shiva temple like Doleshor Mahadev temple, Gokarna Mahadev temple, Santaneshowor Mahadev Temple, Kailashnath Mahadev and Pashupatinath temple.