Hindu devotees are celebrating Maha Shivaratri, which falls on the Falgun Krishna Chaturdashi as per the lunar calendar, amid much fervor in honor of Hindu god Shiva today.
Nepal Calendar Determination Committee Chairperson Prof Dr Ramchandra Gautam this year the Trayodashi Tithi lasts until Friday 5:40 pm.
Devotees believe that by worshipping Lord Shiva and observing a fast on this day, they will be blessed with good fortune and their sins will be forgiven.
The devotees wake up early and take a ritual bath and visit the temple of Shiva on this day and worship the Shivalinga with milk, wood apple’s leaves and dhaturo.
On this day, one of the holiest shrines for the Hindus, Pashupatinath Temple at Gaushala of Kathmandu draws an overwhelming number of devotees.
An elaborate worship is offered to Lord Pashupatinath on this day while Kailashkut and Kirateshwor Sangeet Ashram perform singing and dancing events to celebrate this day with fervor.
A huge number of devotees, including sages from India arrive Pashupatinath on this day. A special arrangement has been made at the Pashupatinath Temple to facilitate the devotees thronging the Temple and its premises, according to the Pashupati Area Development Trust.