A mega festival [one of the largest Hindu festivals] celebrated by Hindus from across the universe in the month of February or March every year.
"Maha Shivaratri is a big time mega Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva. The Maha Shivaratri festival, also well known as 'Shivaratri' or 'Great Night of Lord Shiva', is observed on the (13th night/14th day) in the Krishna Paksha every year in the month of Magh according to the Hindu calendar. It marks the convergence of Shiva and Shakti. Maha Shivaratri falls in the months of February or March as per the Gregorian calendar. Of the twelve Shivaratri in the year, the Maha Shivaratri is said to be the most powerful and sacred.
The festival is predominantly celebrated by offerings of Bael or the ‘golden apple’ or Bilva/Vilvam [leaves] to Lord Shiva, with rigorous fasting and an all-night-long vigil (the sanskritic word ‘jagarana’). All through the day, devotees chant "Om Namah Shivaya", a sacred mantra dedicated to Shiva. In accordance with scriptural and devotee traditions, penances are performed in order to gain boons in the practice of yoga and meditation, so that one could reach life's highest excellence steadily and swiftly. On this auspicious day, the planetary positions in the Northern hemisphere act as forceful catalysts to help a person raise one’s spiritual energy to a higher level. The benefits of powerful ancient Sanskrit Mantras such as the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra increase manifold on this particular night.
In Nepal, millions of Hindus attend Shivaratri together from different corners of the world at the famous Pashupatinath Temple and among these are a huge number of Sadhus and naked Naga ascetics’ who also throng the temple each year as they come to worship Shiva in his summer resort and enjoy marijuana for a spiritual high which is allowed by the government on this particular occasion.
Incentive Holidays continues to organize ‘Maha Shivaratri’’, escorting the faithful to a lifetime of spiritual bliss and happiness…
Trip Duration : 3N / 4D
Tour Code: IH/SSH/03
Transportation: Private Transfe
Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu
Activities: Sightseeing Tour
Fixed Departure Date: 24th February 2017 Maha shivaratri day
Day 1 : Arrive in Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Airport
Day 2 : Visit Pashupatinath Temple
Day 3 : Mankamana Darshan and drive back to Kathmandu
Day 4 : Final departure
Your accommodation in Kathmandu will be made in 3-4-5* star hotels of your choice. All hotel rates are based on BB unless otherwise stated. Accommodations in the valley are comfortable and as close as it gets to home. The options are many for your hotel stay…the choice exclusively yours.
The choices are a delicatessen’s delight in the valley for visitors with vibrant taste buds. You will find cuisines from almost every corner of the planet in this ancient city. Most tourists’ based hotels and resorts are sensitive to the hygienic requirements in the preparation of all food and beverage items when catering to tourists’ visiting Nepal.
If you come to Nepal and have a flexible schedule, then take the time to visit these places. Nepal always has something to offer its guests. During the peak season (October to December) and (mid of February to May), the stunning panorama of the Himalayas is at its crisp-beautiful-best, but there is really no season in which Nepal is not a beautiful or pleasant place to visit.