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Mahashivaratri And It's Celebration

11:51:00 PM Posted by Kinar Timilsina


Hindus all over the nation are observing Mahashivaratri festival—a special night to pray to Lord Shiva—on Sunday.

Yogis, religious devotees, and fun-seekers thronged the temple of the god of Samhara. In the Capital, thousands have thronged the Pashupatinath, one of the holiest Hindu shrines, from early today.

Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) said that only about 5,000 sadhus are expected during this year Maha Shivaratri due to the Kumbha Mela in India.
Vehicular movement from Chabahil to Tilganga will be banned today. No vehicle will be allowed to enter from Ratopul and Sifalchaur sides in the west.
Mahashivaratri (or Great night of Hindu deity Shiva) is celebrated every year on the 13th night/14th day in the waning moon of the month of Magha as per the Hindu lunar calendar. The festival is principally celebrated by offerings of Bel leaves and milk and water to the Lord Shiva, all day fasting and an all nightlong vigil.
Legend has it that the people perform self-abasement on this day or in the run up to the religious festival in order to gain boons in the practice of Yoga and meditation for cleansing one’s soul and heart to gain liberation—the cycle of rebirth.Shiva is considered the first guru from whom the yogic tradition originates.

According to tradition, the planetary positions on this night are such that there is a powerful natural upsurge of energy in the human system. It is said to be beneficial for one's physical and spiritual well being to stay awake and aware throughout the night.

Source : ekantipur.com