13 Feb, 2018 Great Nepal Treks
Maha Shivaratri is one of the most important and popular festivals in Hindu Religion, celebrates once in a year in Nepal. It falls in the month of February or March late winter season. This festival is also well known for “The Great Night of Lord Shiva”, the government of Nepal also has been declared as a public holiday for the past years.
Some of the devotees are very dedicated and keep self-awake for the whole night and, most of chant Shiva Mantra “Om Namah Shivaya” and, worship Shiva Lingam by offering Milk, Curd, Rosewater, Honey. The Shiva lingam is the stone phallic of Lord Shiva. During worship, leaves of “Aegle marmelos” should place on the top of the Lingam and around. It believes that they are sacred and called home to Laxmi (the goddess of wealth).
In Nepal, Pashupatinath is a Holy Temple, where Millions of devotees from India and Nepal getting together to celebrate and, does bonfire in this special day. Hindu myth believes that, if devotees worship Pashupatinath on this day by offering Elaeocarpus ganitrus (Rudraksha) and Aegle marmelos, this is equivalent to offering 1000 Cows and food to the 1000 Brahmans.