Shivaratri meaning the night of Lord Shiva is one of the major festivals of Nepal. Hundreds of thousands of followers from different parts of country and India crowd the Pashupatinath temple – one of the holiest shrines of the Hindus in Kathmandu to worship Lord Shiva on his birthday. Lord Shiva is considered as the guardian and protector of everything that exists.
Colorful and naked sadhus, the wandering sages who emulate Shiva with ashes over their bodies, give lectures to disciples, meditate, or practice yoga. Special attendance camps are set in the courtyards of the temples situated at the opposite bank, where non-Hindus are also free to wander. The curious can witness some rather interesting yogic demonstrations there.
Children collect donations from passersby since the morning to buy necessary items to prepare holy meal and bonﬁre during the evening. People make bonﬁre at junctions and homes at the evening and warm themselves sitting by the ﬁre eating Prasad the holy meal.