23rd Feb, 2023
Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated in Nepal and other parts of the world. It is a festival dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the principal deities of Hinduism. Shivaratri is observed on the 14th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Falgun (February/March) according to the Nepali calendar.
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In Nepal, Shivaratri is one of the major festivals celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion. The festival is celebrated by both Hindus and Buddhists in the country. The Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, attracts thousands of devotees from Nepal and other parts of the world during this festival.
On Shivaratri, devotees observe fasts and perform special puja (worship) of Lord Shiva throughout the day and night. They offer fruits, flowers, and other items to the deity and chant mantras and hymns in praise of Lord Shiva. Devotees also take holy dips in rivers and lakes, especially at the Bagmati River near the Pashupatinath Temple.
During Shivaratri, Nepal is filled with a festive spirit, and the streets are decorated with lights and colorful decorations. Devotees visit various temples and shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva across the country. In some places, processions are also taken out with the idol of Lord Shiva carried on a palanquin or chariot.
Overall, Shivaratri is an important festival in Nepal that brings together people from all walks of life in a spirit of devotion, unity, and celebration.