Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated on the 14th day of the dark fortnight of the Nepali month Falgun. This year, the festival held on 21st February 2020 i.e. Falgun 9 2076.
The festival is a great night of Lord Shiva, a Hindu deity and majority of Hindu people celebrate this. Thousands of devotees flock to the Pashupatinath Temple to celebrate Shivaratri festival in Nepal.
The festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the God of immense power and destruction.
On the Shivaratri, devotees offer milk, flowers, especially “Dhaturo” (an intoxicating plant) and green leaves named “Belpatra” to Lord Shiva and light the oil lamps. People also fast, eat delicious food and light bonfires during the night.
The attraction of the festival to meet with the Sadhus (the holy men). The sadhus are seen on unique appearances getting intoxicated with Ganja.
The use of weed is not allowed in Nepal but you can use it on this day as the prasad of Lord Shiva.
You can also witness the Naga Babas who are totally naked and cover body with ashes.
Nepal Government gives a public holiday every year to celebrate the festival.
Frequently Asked Questions
Maha Shivaratri is the night of Lord Shiva.
Fasting, worship of Lingam and chanting “OM NAMAY SHIVAY”.