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Sadhus throng Pashupatinath temple on eve of Maha Shivaratri


28 February 2022  

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KATHMANDU: Sadhus have thronged the sacred temple of Pashupatinath in Kathmandu on the eve of Maha Shivaratri.

The courtyard of the Ram Mandir on the premises of Pashupatinath temple, a UNESCO world heritage site and pilgrimage destination for Hindu devotees, is brimming with Sadhus as they return after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The world heritage site these days is flooded with Sadhus from India and other parts of the world as Pashupatinath temple is one of the ‘Shakti Piths’.

More than 7,000 saints from inside country and India are expected to come to the temple area by Monday evening as Maha Shivaratri falls on Tuesday.

The Maha Shivaratri which falls on March 1 this year will witness an inflow of over a million pilgrims from across nation as well as India to the temple. As one of the biggest Hindu festivals is tomorrow, the Pashupati Area Development Trust is set to complete preparations for it by today, Monday.

“Maha Shivaratri” known as the night of Lord Shiva is observed with great fervor in Nepal as well as in India and other Hindu populous countries.

Generally, the day of Maha Shivaratri falls on every 13th night or 14th day of luni-solar month according to the Lunar Calendar. Every temple of Lord Shiva is flocked by pilgrims on the day of Maha Shivaratri.

One of the major festivals of the country, Maha Shivaratri literally means “Night of the Shiva”. It is celebrated on the 14th day of the dark fortnight of the Magha month, as per the Hindu lunar calendar.

It is believed that on this day, the stars in the Northern Hemisphere are at the most optimum positions to help raise a person’s spiritual energy. It is also believed that the Shiva principle is most active on this day of the year.

Maha Shivaratri is celebrated to mark the convergence of Shiva and Shakti. Maha Shivaratri also celebrates the night when Lord Shiva performed the “Tandav”, the cosmic dance.

Hundreds of thousands of devotees visit Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, one of the holiest shrines of the Hindus. Pashupatinath is considered the guardian and protector of the Kathmandu valley and Nepal.

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