Today is 21 February, the day of “Maha Shivaratri which is one of the greatest Hindu festivals of Nepal. The term Maha Shivaratri means “Night of the Shiva.”
All across Nepal, the great festival of Maha Shivaratri is being observed with great jubilation by the Hindu devotees. Although it is considered to be a Hindu festival, yet most of the people from all file and rank celebrate it.
Pashupatinath the center of attraction and Maha Shivaratri is fully decorated with all kinds of dazzling lights and flowers. Many entry and exit points have been arranged for devotees.
Security arrangements also have been intensified to protect the devotees who are arriving to visit Pashupatinath temple.
Devotees thronging to Pashupati temple
According to Pashupatinath Development Trust, at least one million Hindu devotees from India and Nepal are likely to visit Pashupati temple on this auspicious occasion.
This day marks the occasion when Lord Shiva the Lord of animals and humans is said to have performed his cosmic dance or Tandav.
The occasion also marks the convergence of Shiva and Shakti. Shiva principle is also believed to be most active on this day.
On this day mostly the females (both married and unmarried) queue up in the Pashupatinath temple to pay their offerings to the Lord Pashupatinath and seek happiness, prosperity, and blessing from the Lord Pashupatinath.
Even tourists are seen enjoying the ambiance with curiosity, and naked Sadhus are seen meditating and interacting with devotees in the premises of the Pashupatinath temple.
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