Shivaratri, which literally translates in English as “Night of Shiva” is one of the coolest festivals Nepal has to offer. It is believed that this is one of the best days to boost your inner/spiritual energy because this day marks the convergence of Shiva and Shakti.
Thousands of devotees of Shiva, not just from Nepal but also from India and other neighboring countries, visit Pashupatinath Temple on this day to worship Lord Shiva and to celebrate this festival with large crowds. Since thousands of people visit Pashupatinath during this festival, special provisions are made by the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) to manage the crowd and to make things easier and smoother for the visitors.
This festival usually falls on the month of February. During this time, the winter is nearing its end, so it’s not as cold in Kathmandu as it is during December and January.
Here are some of the activities that you will most likely be doing on this day if you go to celebrate this festival:
- Visit Pashupatinath Temple and witness huge crowd
- Observe sadhus and yogis meditating naked and smoking weed
- Listen to devotees chanting “Om Namah Shivaya”
- Children blocking the roads and collecting donations
- Enjoy bonfires and free food.