Shivaratri Festival Nepal and Mela at Pashupatinath Temple

Shivaratri Festival Nepal and Mela at Pashupatinath Temple

Here is detail information about Shivaratri Festival Nepal and Shivaratri Mela at Pashupatinath Temple. Not only that one can know about Shivaratri festival 2019 or Shivaratri festival 2075. let’s discuss about Shivaratri festival Nepal.

Nepal is a land of Festivals. Festivals are not merely the annual spectacles for the Nepalese people. Festivals are a living part of their rich cultural heritage for the Nepalese people. Festivals celebrated in Nepal, effectively bind together the Nepalese people. Although the festivals are of diverse cultural backgrounds and beliefs but unite into one nation.

There are more than 100 festivals in Nepal in a year celebrated by Nepalese people. There are more than 50 major festivals in a year celebrated by Nepalese.

The dates of most festivals in Nepal are fixed by famous astrologers after consulting the lunar calendar. The biggest and most popular festivals of Nepal are: Dashain -a celebration of Goddess Durga victory over evil Mahisashur; Tihar – a celebration of lights dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi; Shivaratri – a celebration of Lord Shiva’s birthday etc.

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Pashupatinath Temple Nepal: Biggest Temple Lord Shiva World

The temple of Pashupatinath is the holy temple of Hindus where thousands of devotees come to pay homage to God Pashupatinath. Maha Shivaratri is one of the most auspicious occasions for all Hindus. Pashupatinath is worshipped on this occasion by all Hindus of the world. ‘Narayan Vishnu Prithvipati’ is the unanimous declaration of all the writers of ‘Smriti’. In addition, there is inseparable relation among Shiva, Vishnu and Buddha. The temple of Pashupatinath   is   considered as the centre of respect and reverence for all the sects like Shaiva, Vaishnava, Shakti, Saur, Ganpat and so on. The followers of Buddha, Jaina and Sikha equally respect him.

The Shiva Ratri festival’s day is dedicated to the Lord of the Lords, Lord Shiva or Mahadev. Shiva Ratri is celebrated in the honour of Lord Shiva. Shivaratri festival is a much anticipated festival by all Hindus. Shivaratri festival is celebrated on the occasion of the Hindus Lord Shiva’s birthday. Birthday of Lord Shiva falls on the new moon day of the month of Falgun. So, Shivaratri fall often in the Falgun month. Yes, according to Nepali month, Shivaratri festival is held from the end of Magh to the beginning of Falgun.


Shivaratri festival is held from the end of February to the beginning of March and is perhaps one of the most spectacular festivals of the year as it attracts people from all over Nepal and the northern regions of India. Shiva Ratri festivals falls sometime between February/March is one of the major festivals of Nepal. Shivaratri is also called the night of Lord Shiva. Shivaratri Festival Nepal fall in Magh-Falgun.

Lord Shiva is the most worshipped God in the Hindu religion. As we all has belief that Lord Shiva lived in Mt. Kailash in the Himalayas. More than 100,000 of Hindu devotees from India and Southeast Asia throng weeks ahead of the festival Shiva Ratri and gather in and around Pashupatinath temple of Nepal. As we all knew that Pashupatinath is one of the holiest shrines of the Hindus in the world, located in the Kathmandu to pay their homage to Lord Shiva on his birthday.

Festivities of Shivaratri festival take place at all Shiva temple. But it is most particularly celebrated at the greatest Shiva temple in the world, Pashupatinath temple. On this festival Shivaratri, thousands of pilgrims and yogis (holy men) from all over Southeast Asia come here to Kathmandu (Pashupati temple is located in Kathmandu) weeks before the festival.

On this holy day Hindus people fast throughout the day. At dawn, worshippers or devotees take a holy bath or dip in the river and go to the temple to worship.

The greatest Shiva’s temple, Pashupatinath temple is located at the eastern part of the Kathmandu valley on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Shivaratri festival Nepal.

Pashupatinath means literally ‘the Lord of animals’. Pashupatinath is one of the many forms of the Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is the guardian deity, protector of Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. Because of that Shivaratri is one of the major festivals of Nepal.

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One of the interesting aspects of Shivaratri festival of Nepal is that on this holy day devotees and non-devotees alike freely indulge in smoking intoxicating substances such as marijuana and bhang.  Shivaratri festival is the only one festival that in this festival marijuana is the legal for smoking intoxicating substances in Nepal. Shivaratri day is the only one day in the annual calendar when marijuana and bhang is legal for smoking intoxicating substances in Nepal. Many people take these intoxicants in one belief. There is one belief among Nepalese people that it pleases Lord Shiva for he too is said to be fond of it.


A great fair or Mela is held in Pashupatinath temple. Thousands of people come to pay homage at the most important Hindu shrine in Nepal. They arrive the night before to prepare for their ritual bath in the holy Bagmati River which runs in front of the temple. After this they queue in their thousands to make their offerings of flowers to lord Pashupati. The rest environs of Pashupati are teaming with people; all the street traders’ descent on the place to sell their wares, be it fruit, flowers or toys for the children. The road is lined with beggars and there is usually a very colourful collection of Sadhus from India, scantily clad in loincloths and ashes with their uncut hair piled high in a topknot upon their head.

The time of visit Pashupatinath is shortly after dawn, as the colour provided by the worshippers as they shed their old clothes and plunge into the freezing waters soon to bedeck themselves in their beautiful red and gold saris before paying homage is one of the most beautiful sights imaginable, especially when the sun penetrates the mist rising off the river. In the evening bonfires are lit the major crossroads throughout the valley to ward off evil spirits.

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Jitendra Sahayogee

I am Jitendra Sahayogee, a writer of 12 Nepali literature books, film director of Maithili film & Nepali short movies, photographer, founder of the media house, designer of some websites and writer & editor of some blogs, has expert knowledge & experiences of Nepalese society, culture, tourist places, travels, business, literature, movies, festivals, celebrations.

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