This day is a celebration dedicated to Lord Shiva. Hindus all over the world know Shiva through different names and forms. The country has thousands of idols and monuments, which glorify his name, the most common one being the Shiva Linga or the phallus of Shiva that represents him. For it is the Shiva linga that Hindus regard as the symbol of creation, the beginning of everything.
Hindus all over the world celebrate this day with great enthusiasm. Shiva Ratri literally means 'the night consecrated to Shiva'. This auspicious festival falls in the month of Falgun (February – March). The temple of Pashupatinath in Kathmandu, which is considered one of the holiest shrines of the Hindus, glorifying Lord Shiva, receives more than 100,000 worshippers during the festival of Shiva Ratri. Pilgrims come from far and wide to pay their respects and homage to Shiva. One of the interesting aspects of Shiva Ratri is that on this day devotees and non-devotees alike freely indulge in smoking intoxicating substances such as marijuana and bhang.
This year Maha Shivaratri falls on 18 February. People visit the Shiva Temple early in the morning and worship Lord Shiva offering Bhang, Dhaturo, Belpatra, Flower, Jao, Til, Dubo, Mika, etc. Even, the whole day devotees worship God Shiva. And in the evening they make a fire (Dhuni) next to Shibha Mandir for the whole night, smoking Bhang, eating Laddu, as Parsed of Siva, and singing, and dancing. If you would like to celebrate Maha Shivaratri with us please contact us.