Lord Shiva’s Day
Shiva Ratri dedicated to lord shiva, virtually meaning the night dedicated to Shiva falls on the fourteenth day of the waning moon in late February and early March.
On this occasion, all the Shiva shrines of the country are over crowded by Hindu devotees. Offer flower and Margot leaves. They take bath in holy rivers, perform penance and keep vigil throughout the right singing ancient hymns and praying Shiva with his 1008 names.
The temple of Pashupatinath in Kathmandu is visited by millions of devotees from the different parts of Nepal and pilgrims from India. They camp around the temple and all the lodges and guest houses are filled with pilgrims.
The Religious fervor intensifies as the night falls. The whole area is illuminated by oil-fed lamps and electric bulbs. The sweet smell of incense rhythm of hymns and chaotic din of the crowd all together give the impression of a different age, remove from ours. Behind all there is the strong belief that such rituals will server place is Kailash from the devotees.
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This Article and upcoming posts are extracted from the book, TOURIST INFORMATION DIRECTORY, 1997. by my Late Father Journalist, Sociologist & Anthropologists, Er. Ramesh Chandra Bandhu Bhattarai.
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