Shivaratri In Nepal

  • Updated on Apr 16, 2021
  • 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?

  • February 28, 2022

If you want to join with Rugged Trails Nepal team for this festival contact us, 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 which is one among 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 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 organize 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 experience 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 the bright colors and covered their bodies in ash. On this holiest day, most of the 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, 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 Shiva temple. Especially on this day Government provide 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 of the people spend the whole night staying with bonfires. There is a scientific reason to burn the fire and staying around the fire on the day of Shivaratri. To absorb and to 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 Devotees do on Shivaratri?

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

Shivaratri Date in 2023

  • February 18, 2023

IMPT: Because of the COVID-19, Please be safe and wear Mask!