Shivaratri In Nepal March 8 2024 | Maha Shivaratri Festival story from Pashupatinath Temple

  • Updated on Dec 18, 2023
  • Rugged Trails Nepal

ॐ नम: शिवाय The meaning of each letter of the mantra (न) N: Main god of all the regions (loks). (म) M: One who gifts supreme and spiritual knowledge (dnyan) and destroys the greatest sins. (शि) SHI: generous, calm and responsible for the beginning by Lord Shiva. वा) VA: Symbol of a vehicle (Nandi) the bull and the Vasuki and Vamangi Energies (Shakti). (य) Y: Positive residence of highest heaven and Lord Shiva.

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When is Maha Shivaratri Festival Date in Nepal?

  • March 8, 2024

If you want to join the Rugged Trails Nepal team for this festival, reach us via email or by phone. We will share the deep roots of Hinduism and the philosophy of Shiva and Yoga. 

Who is Lord Shiva? 

  • Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwar are the names of Lord Shiva, who is one of the Trimurti Gods. Lord Shiva is regarded as creator, preserver, destroyer, concealer, and reliever. It's believed that the Northern side of Himalayan Nepal at Mount Kailash is the place where Lord Shiva lives as a saint with a snake around his neck, sits on Tigers skin, and wears deerskin. Trisul and damaru both are always in his hand, Trishul for a weapon and damaru is a musical instrument.

For those travelers who want to learn about Hinduism then visit during the Shivaratri Festival. Rugged Trails Nepal organizes a special day trip plan on this day. Shivaratri in Nepal is highly recommended for travelers to visit Pashupatinath Temple because of the world's biggest Lord Shiva temple which is in the heart of Kathmandu valley. For travelers who are visiting here; this festival will give you an experience of a different culture and Nepalese people who are open to having people enjoy and experience their way of life.

Thousands of people from around the world come to Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal to worship Lord Shiva. The Sadhus at Pashupatinath Nepal make it an extra bit special during Shivaratri. Sadhus decorate their bodies in many parts of bright colors and covered their bodies in ash. On this holiest day, most people will do fasting, and worship Shiva anywhere if there is Shiva a temple. The naked Sadhus are the most interesting part of this day, Sadhus will be walking around the Ghats completely naked only during the Shivaratri in Nepal, and it's normal. Sadhus, Aghori, and devotees will be dancing, and taking Marijuana around the Shiva temple.

People may have a question: Is marijuana legal in Nepal?

Only on the day of Shivaratri Marijuana is legal to carry and smoke around Pashupatinath or anywhere in the Shiva temple. Especially on this day Government provides Marijuana to Sadhus who come to the Pashupatinath temple. The government provides shelter, food, and some amount to the sadhus on this day.

On this day everywhere in the street, and temples people will bonfires and feasts of food are put out for all. Most people spend the whole night staying at bonfires. There is a scientific reason to burn the fire and stay around the fire on the day of Shivaratri. To absorb and maintain our body for summer it is believed that bonfires will help.

Be careful before taking LADDU, SWEETS, or any kind of special Lassi (milkshake) on these days, these taste really yummy but it might be worse. Don't Carry valuable things such as your passports, credit cards, and any items which are valuable.

What do devotees do on Shivaratri?

  • Fasting
  • Meditation
  • Chanting ‘Om Namah Shivaya’
  • Attending Mahashivratri Puja
  • Worshipping the Shivalinga

Shivaratri Festival Date in 2024

  • March 8, 2024 (Falgun 25, 2080)