Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honor of Lord Shiva. Mahashivaratri marks the night when Lord Shiva performed the ‘Tandava’. It is also believed that this is the day Lord Shiva was married to Goddess Parvati. As per the Hindu calendar, Maha Shivaratri falls on the 14th day of the dark fortnight of the month of Magha. According to the English calendar, it falls during the month of February-March.
People believe that on this day, the stars in the Northern Hemisphere are at the most optimum to help raise a person’s spiritual energy. People also believe that the Shiva principle is most active on this day of the year. Therefore, devotees observe fast and keep vigil all night chanting “Om Namah Shivay”.
Every year Hindus from all over the world visit many Shiva temples. Especially the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu will be crowded with devotees. The devotees come from all over India and Nepal. Besides, foreign tourists are also seen enjoying the ambiance with curiosity. As colorful and naked sadhus are seen meditating, posing for photographs, and interacting with disciples.