Spending holidays in India can be an enriching experience as this nation provides an opportunity to witness a unique diversity of people, cultures and religions. This diversity can be experienced in the festivals observed here as well, with Indians celebrating different religious events with equal pomp and fervour. The best part about most of these events lie in the fact that people irrespective of their cultural identity take part in them with great intensity. Among these, one of the most celebrated is Maha Shivaratri, during which devotees pay respects to Lord Shiva, regarded as the supreme god in Hinduism. This festival is celebrated across this nation as well in some parts of Nepal during the 13th or 14th night of the month of Maagha according to the Hindu calendar. Thousands of worshippers travel to popular shrines of this lord on this day to pay their respects and seek blessings.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple – Visiting a Jyotirlinga
Arguably, the most-visited shrine during this festival in India is the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. It is situated in the city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and ranks among the most sacred temples of the country. The city is situated on the bank of the Ganga River and Vishwanath, which means ruler of the universe, is another name of Lord Shiva. This place is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in the country that are regarded as the holiest places of worship by Hindus.
Pashupatinath Temple – Abode of the Lord
One such shrine to visit during Nepal tours is the Pashupatinath Temple, which is considered among the famous holy sites of this god in the world. It is situated on the bank of Bagmati River and is enlisted as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The primary deity worshipped here is that of Pashupatinath, which is another name for Lord Shiva. This shrine is visited by devotees and worshippers not only during the festival of Maha Shivaratri, but also all round the year.