The legend of mahashivaratri

The legend of Mahashivaratri

What is Mahashivaratri?

Mahashivaratri is an auspicious and one of the biggest festivals for the Hindus and devotees of Shiva. This day is especially separated for worshiping the great contributions of Lord Shiva for the world! It occurs in Falgun of the Nepali month while in February of the English month.

What people offer?

The devotees of Lord Shiva offer Water, Milk, Dhatura, Bhaang, Akwan flowers. The unmarried women fast and pray Lord Shiva to gain an ideal husband. In similar way, married ones pray and fast for the long life of their husbands to the god of death!

Legends behind Mshashivaratri

1. Wedding day-

This is the day when Lord Shiva got married to Goddess Parvati. So, the temples are decorated in the most eye catching way for the wedding day!

2. Saving the world-

This day also has the significance, as it is the day Lord Shiva drank poison in order to save the universe. The fight between demons and gods arose when they found poison and nectar (Amrit). Then, Lord Shiva drank the poison in order to save the world. He tied a snake in his neck in order to fight the pain. The Lords praised his bravery and kept him awake for the night to save his life! Since then, he is worshipped in Mahashivaratri as the Neelkantha as his neck turned purple due to the poison.

3. Birth of Shiva and Shivalinga-

During the heated discussion between the Brahma and Vishnu for superiority, a never-ending flame emerged. It is known as Shiva who ended the fight by making both of the gods realize their equality. For this, people worship Shiva.

4. Fertility of the Earth-

It is said that Goddess Parvati pleaded Lord Shiva to save earth from destruction. Lord Shiva agreed to this in case the earth worshipped him. Hence, this day signifies the fertility of earth as the flowers start to bloom after this day!

5. Shiva’s Dance-

The origin of Tandava, the dance of creation, preservation and destruction is believed to be performed by Lord Shiva in this auspicious day!

Pashupatinath Temple

In order to celebrate the Mahashivaratri, people from all around the world come to Pashupatinath temple. There is a crowd waiting to bow down to the Shivalinga and various other idols of the Shiva! You can even see the “Baba”s or “Sadhu”s lining up performing various activities. Some of the Sadhus are covered in ashes while some prefer to be completely naked symbolizing the concept of spiritualism. It is their way of discarding the materialistic world. You will be able to view various sacred Pujas and Darshans. If you stay until late night, you can encounter the heavenly “Aarti”, an ode to Lord Shiva!

Come visit the Pashupatinath temple to perform and encounter the rituals on your road to tranquility! Let NBM Travels support your religious hunger!

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Nepal, a country known for its natural beauty, rich culture and colorful festivals. It never fails to disappoint and amaze people coming from different backgrounds. One of such cities of Nepal is Bhaktapur which is one of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. Here are top things to do in Bhaktapur.

Bhaktapur is considered as a cultural gem because of its fascinating history and religious sites. The city is also known as Bhadgaon or Khwopa that was founded in the 12th century by King Ananda Malla. It was one of the capital city of the Greater Malla Kingdom until 15th century.

The “City of Culture” is located about 20 km east of the Kathmandu- filled with monuments mostly terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces, and temples with detailed carvings, gilded roofs and open courtyards. Listed in one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city is renowned for their quality woodwork and wood craftsmen.

Getting a chance to experience traditional lifestyle of the ancient Bhaktapur is best done on foot. Four things that you should not miss when visiting this place are:

A tour of Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square- a collection of pagoda and shikhar- style temples, grouped around a fifty- five window palace of brick and wood is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the valley which highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. The major attraction of Bhaktapur Durbar Square are: 55 window palace, Golden Gate, Lion’s Gate, Mini- Pashupatinath Temple, Vatsala Temple, Nyatapola Temple, Bhairavnath Temple.

Take a pottery workshop at Dattatreya Square

enowned for its pottery work, the place has the facility of teaching pottery at Dattatreya Square which is Potter’s Square. It gives you an opportunity to indulge in the traditional lifestyle of people of Bhaktapur where you’ll see potters at work, sun drying their pots in the open air. So, if you’re interested in throwing clay, you’ll find workshop studios where you can learn how to make traditional pottery.

Witness Bisket Jatra

Bisket Jatra is one of the most popular Jatra celebrated every Nepali New year, where thousands of visitors involved in erecting lingo (pole), pulling chariots of deities, and worshipping them. The highlights of this festival are the tug of war between the eastern and western sides of town which then is moved down in a steep road leading to a river, Jibro Chhedne (Making Hole in Tongue) and Sindoor Jatra.

Must have dessert- “Juju Dhau”

The sweetened custard-like yogurt which is the specialty of Bhaktapur is a dessert you must try during your visit. Juju Dhau meaning “King of Curd” in the Newari language is delicious, thick, smooth and creamy yogurt- a dish perfect to end your day tour of the city.

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