Festivals in Nepal
begin with religion, ending as social event. There
are more than 50 major festivals in a year celebrated
by Nepalis. Although most of these festivals are religious
some have historical significance, while others are
The dates of most festivals are fixed
by famous astrologers after consulting the lunar calendar.
The biggest and most popular festivals are: Dashain,
a celebration of Goddess Bhagabati's victory over
evil Mahisashur; and Tihar, a celebration of lights
dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi.
It is not hard to catch colorful processions
in different streets of the Valley almost every other
day of the week. Cultural acts of dances and songs
are integral parts of some celebrations while some
celebrations are just quiet family gatherings. Grand
celebrations like Ghode Jatra and Gai Jatra entertain
participants and spectators every year.
FOR HINDUS WOMEN ( 14 to 16 Sept)
Teej, one of the heartiest festivals of Nepali
women, has once again knocked in, albeit the mood
of the nation is quite not buoyant. Famous it, of
course, is as a festival of delicious food, songs
and dances, 'women fashion' draped in red color and
--of warm wishes shared among the loved ones. For
Nepali women in particular, Teej, at the least, is
the festival of the their identity.
As song and dances are the p1art and
parcel of Teej, women in their usual course of singing
and dancing tend not only to pour out their pangs
and the inequalities prevalent around them, but also
tend to communicate with our times.
Along with the passion attached to it,
for womenfolk, the festival has vast connotation in
terms of conjugal prosperity. Married women take to
daylong fasting - which is preceded and followed by
an eating binge - for the sake of longevity and blissful
The overall picture of the country is
certainly not rosy. In fact it appears dreadful with
12,000 Nepalis losing their lives in the decade-old
conflict. Some have died by the bullets of the Maoists
and others lost their lives at the hands of the government's
Being at the receiving end, women, for
sure, are the ones who have felt the burnt most in
the ongoing conflict. Thousands of women have been
widowed and are living in heightened austerity coupled
with the social ignominy widowhood brings with it.
Times are just as gloomy as this Teej
song sang by popular folk singer Hari Devi Koirala,
piraipir chha ke gaune ho geet pani
Roeko man jhan ruwana aaipugyo Teej pani"
Previous Teej songs used to be mostly
about token complaints of women - necessarily against
uncouth mother-in-laws and wayward husbands or about
other petty grievances - but there has been a marked
change in the tone and theme of Teej songs since past
few years. Koirala's another recorded song, which
is heard in Teej functions these days, depicts the
horror of war:
maidanama ragatako khola chhan
Madal bajna chhodisake barud gola chhan"
Some songs have revolutionary colour
in them, marking a clear departure from the traditional
pattern. Such songs are either about protest of a
daughter against her father for the infringement of
her right to education or of awareness on girls trafficking.
Pangs and sufferings of thousands of Nepali girls
who have been lured or forced to work in brothels
in India have found wide space in Teej songs. Just
note the undertone of protest against the criminals:
"Yo deshama janmera
tyo kothiko marana
Cheli bechne paapiko chhala kadhana"
Teej songs also commonly cover major
events and incidents occurring in the country during
the year. In 2058 B.S, for instance, a number of recorded
Teej songs were based on the ghastly Royal Palace
It's exactly not known when the singing
and dancing on the occasion of Teej festival started,
though, predictably, it is there since time immemorial.
As the fate of Nepali women has seen little change
since ages, women just keep on cherishing this festival
as their own - a festival that brings with it the
pretext for breaking free from their humdrum, arduous
household works, not to mention the exploitation,
-and give voice to their plights, wishes and aspirations.
First Teej song album 'Teejko Kosheli
Bhag 1 " was released in 2045 B.S, a combined
work of Hari Devi Koirala and Chandra Kala Shah. Encouraged
by the popularity of that album many singers tried
their hands in Teej songs. Since then, according to
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17 September 2006.
Indra, the King of Heaven and controller of the rains,
has once again blessed the Valley. As the end of the
monsoon nears, farmers look forward to a rich harvest.
Everyone is grateful to the god for his help. For
eight days, Kathmanduâ€s Durbar Square
is the focus of a great celebration fit to flatter
the King of Heaven. â€Indraâ€s
dhwaj, or flag, is erected on the first day. The people
of Kathmandu have dedicated one of most colorful festivals
of Nepal to Lord Indra. Masks and statues representing
Vishnu, Bhairab, and Shiva are shown to the public,
and the Goddess Kumari witnesses the special occasion
from her chariot. Indra is thanked for the rains and
assured once again that he is respected in the Kathmandu
MACCHENDRA NATH JATRA 2006
Seto(white) Machhindranath is a week-long festival,
where in the god Machindranath is bathed, and decorated.
There are rituals of music and offerings from the
devotees to receive blessings of rainfall for the
coming planting season. The living goddess Kumari
also pays him a visit during this festival.
During this important festival, the old kingdom of
Bhaktapur and its neighboring areas replay a drama
passed on over the centuries. Images of wrathful and
somewhat demonic deities are placed on tottering chariots.
They are offered blood sacrifices, flowers, and coins.
Men brimming with youthful vigor and rice beer drag
the chariots across brick-paved streets of the town.
At Bode village, there is a tongue-boring ceremony
in which the dedicated may reserve a place in heaven.
The Nepalese follow their own calendar
system known as the Bikram Era or Bikram Sambat. Nawabarsha
is celebrated on the first day of the first month
of new year and is observed as an official holiday.
In Bhaktapur, fifteen kilometers from Kathmandu, the
New Year celebrations take on added importance at
Bisket Jatra. Images of the god Bhairav and his female
counterpart Bhadrakali are enshrined in two large
chariots and pulled through crowds of cheering on
lookers. When the chariot reaches a sloping open square,
there is a tug-of-war between the inhabitants of the
upper and lower parts of the town. Winners are considered
to be blessed with good fortune for the coming year.
The festival concludes with several days of dancing
and worship. Thimi, another ancient town of the Valley,
also celebrates the New Year with special festivities.
MACCHENDRANATH JATRA 2006
This festival takes place in Patan. During the celebrations
the towering chariot of Lord Machhendranath is pulled
by ropes through the narrow streets of the city, followed
by a large crowd of worshippers in front of the chariot.
A small crowd of musicians and soldiers add even more
excitement to the occasion. Over the period of several
weeks, the chariot is slowly hauled to Jawalakhel
where thousands of devotees burn oil lamps and keep
an all-night vigil. During this chariot festival the
Bhoto or Sacred waistcoat, itself the subject to many
legends, is displayed from the chariot. A final ritual
is then conducted to mark Lord Macheendranathâ
€s yearly return to his home in the nearby
village of Bungmati.
PANCHAMI & SARASWATI PUJA
Basanta Panchami, another festival of spring,
where crowds gather at Kathmanduâ€s
Durbar Square while His Majesty the King and other
dignitaries welcome the season as a band plays the
traditional song of spring. The goddess of knowledge,
Saraswati is worshipped in this particular day, where
different celebration occurs at Swayambhu and at the
Nil Barahi shrine near Lazimpat..
In the holy month of Magh (Jan-Feb) the sun enters
the southern hemisphere, and the days begin to grow
longer and warmer. On Maghe Sankranti (the first day
of Magh) people perform rituals to thank Lord Vishnu
for spring. People celebrate the start of spring with
early morning visit to the shrines of Vishnu. Taking
feasts of yams and laddu, sweets made of sesame and
a sugarcane paste is a special part of the festival.
Goddess Swasthaniâ€s three eyes burn
like the sun. She is the ultimate gift grantor, if
insulted, she can make life miserable. By worshipping
Swasthani, Parbati attained Lord Shiva as her husband.
In the worship rites of Goddess Swasthani, outlined
by Parbati, the Swasthani scripture is read every
evening for a month. Worshipping Swasthani will bring
together parted relations, remove curses, and result
in limitless gifts.
Ever-benevolent Buddha was born in Nepal, and the
religion he preached is the second most popular in
the kingdom. On May 23, a full moon day, the Lordâ€s
birth, enlightenment, and salvation are applauded
throughout the valley with celebrations. Swayambhu
and Boudhanath Stupas are prepared for the oncoming
festivities several days in advance. Monasteries are
cleaned, statues are polished, bright prayer flags
waft in the breeze and monks prepare to dance. On
the Jayanti day, people reach the stupas before dawn,
go around them and give offerings to the many Buddha
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The monsoon has arrived, and the fields have been
planted. It is time for Kathmandu Valley Buddhists
to observe Gunla. The month-long festivities celebrate
a retreat â€" initiated twenty-five
centuries ago by the Buddha. It is a time for prayer,
fasting, meditation and religious music. Worshippers
climb up to Swayambhuâ€s hilltop
where daily prayers begin before dawn. The teachings
of Lord Buddha are remembered as the rains nurture
the rice, Nepalâ€s most important
On Janai Purnima, a full moon day, high-caste Hindus
chant the powerful Gayatri mantra and change their
Sacred Thread (janai), while a raksya bandhan, a red
or yellow protection cord, is tied around the wrists
of other Hindus and Buddhists. Pilgrims journey to
the mountains north of Kathmandu to take a holy bath
in the sacred lake of Gosaikund.
Cow (Gai), is considered holy to Hindus and she represents
Laxmi, the goddess of wealth, and guides the souls
of the departed to the gates of the Netherworld. But
Gai Jatra is not a somber occasion. Satire, jokes,
fancy costumes, and colorful processions are the order
of the day as people recall how an eighteenth-century
king rallied his people to cheer his queen upon the
death of their son. Those who have experienced the
death of close ones during the past year share their
sorrow and take comfort in the fact that the cow has
safely transported the departed souls on their afterlife
journey. Young men clad in womenâ€s
saris, children dressed up as cows, and whimsical
characters of all sorts fill the streets. It is also
an opportunity for the people to make comedic political
satires out in the open.
ASTHAMI 26 AUG
Krishnashtami or the birthday of Lord Krishna, is
celebrated in commemoration of the hero of the Hindu
epic Mahabharata. On this day, worshippers carry ornate,
decorated statues and pictures of Lord Krishna through
the streets, often with bands of musicians following
or preceding the procession. In Patan, thousands of
devotees flock to the Krishna temple to worship and
All the people of the Hindu world know the story of
the marriage of the hero Ram and the princess Sita,
a told in the epic Ramayana. King Janak, Sitaâ€s
father, proposed a test of strength for the suitors
of his daughter; to string the great bow of Lord Shiva.
It was Ram, who successfully completed the task winning
the hand of Princess of Sita.This event took place
in Janakpur in southern part of Nepal, and their marriage
is celebrated to this day. Each year, idols of Ram
and Sita are brought out in procession and their Hindu
wedding ceremony is re-enacted during a week-long
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This simple, festive day takes place in the ancient
forest surrounding the temple of Pashupatinath. It
is one of the oldest traditions of the Valley. Families
who have lost of loved one in the last year keep an
all-night vigil in the forest, lighting oil lamps
and singing songs. Following a ritual morning bath,
people walk through the forest, scattering seven types
of grain along the paths and over the linga of Lord
Shiva to give merit to their late kinsmen.
4th -oct 15
Dashain is the most significant and well celebrated
festival of Nepal. An official holiday is announced
for five day. The skies of Kathmandu are filled with
kites and the market places are filled with farmers
bringing their buffaloes, goats and chickens to sell.
The animals are to be sacrificed on the night of Kal
Ratri to the goddess Durga to celebrate her victory
over evil. On the 10th day, which is the most important
day of the festival, people show their best dressed
in new clothes. Family reunions occur, with people
busy visiting their relative for blessing where they
receive large red tikas of vermilion paste on their
foreheads. It is a special time for family reunion.
About Tihar : The Nepali festival Tihar is also known
by many names such as Dipawali or Bhai Tika or Laxmi
Puja or as a festival of lights. It is a five-days
festival, which comes soon after the Dashain Festival,
and Tihar is all about worshiping of different animals
such as crow, dog, cow, and worshiping of the Hindu
Goddess of Fortune or Wealth (Goddess Laxmi), and
cooking great meals at home, brothers and sisters
shopping for gifts, flying kites, decorating homes
and streets, playing cards with friends, resting and
relaxing, and finally ending the festival with an
exchange of a special temporary mark on forehead (tika
in Nepali). The last day of the festival is known
as Tika day or popularly known as Bhai Tika day (Bhai
in Nepali means Brother). To sum up Tihar festival,
Tihar is the festival when sisters wish a long life
to their brothers (Bhai)!
Tihar is a festival for brothers and
sisters, but What if you are a brother without a sister
or a sister without a brother. Well, you can make
one by accepting someone close to you in your relatives.
If nothing works, you find one among your friends
and neighbors, it becomes almost as if it was real.
Whom ever you made your sister or brother remains
so for life, and each year this festival makes your
bond stronger. Tihar is a festival of sisters wishing
a long life to their brothers, and Tihar is the most
popular festival in Nepal. So hold on to your topi
(hat), loads of excitement and fun are coming at you
Tihar and Crows (1st Tihar Day)
- Here comes Tihar to teach you a lesson! Early in
the morning of the first day of Tihar, family prepares
a good meal. Each member of the family takes the first
portion of the meal outside on a platter. The crows
come down in large numbers and partake of the feast,
they will call others before beginning to eat : Share,
Share what you have with all! Crows (Kag in Nepali)
are considered as the messenger of the Lord of Death,
Yama. There is a popular Nepali superstition of crows
too: When the crows caw, sadness is coming.) On this
day crows are worshiped and are kept happy. Where
there are no crows, any winged animal of the heavens
(bird) will enjoy the feast. So Tihar is also about
appreciating animals around us.
Day 02 : Tihar and Dogs (2nd
Tihar Day) - On the second day of Tihar, Kukur (Dogs)
are adorned with flower garland around their necks,
red tika on their forehead, and are offered great
meals, they are the king of the day! On this day,
people pray to the Kukur to guard their homes. Call
someone "Kukur", he/she will bash you instantly!
There are lots of Kukur running around in search of
a loving home, you can find them on streets and in
your backyards, but on this day, even the most unsightly
Kukkur will be treated like a king, everyone has a
day! Tihar is also about breaking the boundaries only
men created, "The Good", "The Bad",
"The Ugly", and all but same to the mother
nature! In Hinduism it is believed that Kukur guard's
the underworld empire just like it guards our everyday
homes!. Tihar is about loving Kukurs too!
Day 03 : Tihar and Cows (3rd
Tihar Day) - The 3rd day of Tihar is about worshiping
the mother of the universe - cow. According to Hinduism,
the human infant is fed breast milk by its human mother
for under three years. After weaning, the cow acts
as the surrogate mother providing milk for the rest
of the human life - through childhood, adult age and
old age. Cows are the mothers of the universe, the
sacred animal. The cow puja is performed by giving
a tika to a cow on her forehead, and a flower garland
(Flower Leis) on the neck, and offering good meals.
Those performing Cow puja place her manure in different
parts of the home, drink a drop or two of the cow's
urine, as a part of a purification process. Also dip
a blade of grass into the urine and lightly sprinkle
it on each other's body to become closer to the mother
of the universe - cow.
Tihar and Laxmi Puja - One of
the most important day of the festival is Laxmi Puja
on which day the Goddess of wealth (Laxmi) is worshiped
in every household in the entire Nepali Kingdom by
means of Puja, decoration, candle lights, and oil
lamps. In this 3rd day of the Tihar Festival, the
entire nation becomes an illumination of lights. Pictures
and icons of Laxmi Devi (Goddess) are placed and worshiped
in a Puja room (or a place in a living room or a dedicated
room for worshiping Gods) Puja is performed using
flowers, incense, oil lamps, color-powders, bell and
money (both notes and coins). Laxmi puja is performed
at dusk using red mud, and puja is often done by a
female in the family. She uses her hand covered with
red mud to make a symbolic foot-print on the floor
entering the home and makes a trail leading to the
Laxmi Puja is not only for households
but is equally done by Companies. Business-Laxmi-Puja
is done exactly the same way as is done in home. Usually
company's cashier performs the puja during which time
the entire office including office compounds are lit
with various lights including electrical, candle lights,
and oil lamps and usually staffs are invited to participate
in the puja procession.
"Tihar and Songs : Bhailini
Songs (3rd Day) : The eve of Laxmi Puja Day is made
spectacular not only by lights but also by echos of
a special song known as Bhailo or Bhailini that's
played only on this day in the entire year! A group
of girls get together and sing Bhailo door to door,
giving blessings to the family in return for money
or homemade treats.
Tihar and Songs : Deusi Songs (4th Day)
Male members sing what is called Deusi or Deusuray
in Nepali. You can write just about any Deusi song
as long as each line ends with the word `Deusi' or
`Deosuray'. A group of males get together, carry what-ever
musical instruments they have or can play, and sing
Deusi door to door blessing the home and family in
return for money and/or refreshments. Teenagers perform
various Deosi songs to collect money for their picnic!
Some may play Deusi to collect money to build a new
trail in a far away village in Nepal! During the Tihar
festival the only kind of songs you are most likely
to hear from local Radio stations are nothing but
Tihar Songs, Bhailo, Deusi and folk songs about sisters
or brothers unable to see each other during the festival
due to various reasons. A poor sister, now a daughter-in-law
may not get even a day's break to visit her brother
on this special day, and she might sing a song to
make your tears flow!
A Sample of Deusi Song. Includes a similar
meaning in English
Bhana Mera Bhaiho Deusuray. (Say it my brothers, Say
Sormelai Kana Deusuray. (Say it louder and say it
in tune. Deusuray)
Rato Matoo Deusuray. (Red mud trail. Deusuray)
Chiploa Batoo Desuray. (Slippery trail. Deusuray)
Laddai Paddai Deusuray. (Slipping and Sliding. Deusuray)
Akeya Hami Deusuray. (Finally we made it to your home!
.... .... Deusuray
.... .... Deusuray
.... .... Deusuray
Yo Garma Laxmi Deusuray. (In this home
Lord Laxmi. Deusuray)
Sadthai Aun Deusuray. (Always come. Deusuray)
Hamilai Denus Deusuray. (Give us what you have money
Bidtha Garnus Deusuray. (Please give us now, say good
bye to us, so we sing for next home!)
(For an audio sample, visit at the end
of this page!
Tihar and Myself! (4th Day) -
The fourth day of the Tihar is also about worshiping
yourself. This puja (worshiping) is known as as Mahapuja.
This is also the first day of the special annual calendar
of an ethnic group known as Newar residing in Nepal.
The coming of a new year is also celebrated in Tihar.
Also a popular ritual of the day is the Govardhan
puja or Goru Tihar (Oxen Worshiping). Oxen are worshiped
on this day as they till lands and help grow crops
to sustain life.
Day 05 : Tihar and Tika (5th
and Final Tihar Day / Bhai Tika Day) : On the final
day also known as Bhai Tika Day, sisters give tika
(a colored powder placed on once's forehead), and
mala (a necklace of flowers or also known as as flower
leis, similar to that's used elsewhere like in Hawaii!)
to brothers along with wishes for long life and prosperity.
To sisters, Tihar is also the time to re-call their
continued wish for a long and a happy life for their
brothers. Brothers sit on a floor while sisters perform
their puja. Puja involves following a traditional
ritual in which sisters circle brothers three times
dripping oil on the floor from a copper pitcher. Afterwards,
sisters put oil in brother's ears and hairs, then
give Tika. Also breaking of walnuts by sisters prior
to giving Tika to brothers is also a common practice.
Tika starts with placing a banana leave already cut
into a line shape placed on brothers forehead held
by one of the sisters hand, then applying tika base
(made from rice paste) in the open space. Then sister
dabs seven colors on top of the base using her fingers.
Some may give tika with the help of a small stick
or a brush without the using banana leaves. In this
case, small stick is dipped into the tika base, then
brushed vertically on the forehead, then using a different
stick, the seven colors are applied on top of the
base. After tika, flower garland is put around brother's
neck. Then brothers give tika to sisters in the same
fashion. Sisters also receive flower garland around
their neck. Brothers give gifts such as clothes or
money to sisters while sisters give a special gift
known as Sagun (which is made of dried fruits and
nuts, and candies), and a fantastic Tihar feast takes
place. Those without a sister or brother, join relatives
or friends for tika. Sisters pray for their brother's
long life to the Hindu God of Death (Yam Raj).
Loser festival is celebrated to commemorate the advent
of new year. It is the Ladakhi or Tibetan new year.
The festival is celebrated for 2 weeks during the
month of December and january as per the lunar calendar.
The festival is marked with ancient rituals,the stage
fights between good & evil, chanting and passing
through the crowds with fire torches. The dance of
the Ibex deer and the dramatic battles between the
King & his ministers add to the joyous atmosphere.
This festival is full of music, dancing and merry-making.
Origin, Significance and Legends
Kings hate to miss New Year parties, too. Singme
Namgyar, king of Sikkim, brought the Buddhist New
Year celebrations forward by a month because he was
going to be out at war on New Year's day!
Even today, Sonam Losar, the Buddhist
New Year festival in Sikkim, begins a month before
the Buddhist New Year. Tibetans and other Buddhists
in India kick off Losar festivities a month later
- a week before new year's day, in fact.
For all Buddhists, Losar is a sacred
time and a time for feasting and celebration. It is
a time to be with the family, and a time to ensure
that bad omens are not carried into the new year.
Rituals Homes are painted, new
clothes are stitched, debts and quarrels are resolved,
good food is cooked, and intoxicants are drunk in
the run-up to New Year's day. Homes are decorated
with flour paintings of the sun and moon, and small
lamps illuminate the house at night.
The first few days of festivities are
exclusively family affairs, as are the first days
of the new year. Later, the festivities roll out onto
the streets. Tab-zan, a special bread, features in
the family meals.
In Sikkim, on the fifth day of Losar,
a special broth of boiled barley grains, peas and
the stomach of a sheep, is prepared. Dib rug, a dish
made by stuffing sheep intestines with barley dough
kneaded in sheep blood, is another speciality during
In the night, the swishing sound of
burning torches can be heard around a Buddhist home,
as menfolk whirl flaming torches over their heads
in an effort to ward off evil spirits, sickness, dog
bites and other misfortunes from striking their family
in the new year.
Since the new year is on the cards,
Buddhist families take special care to ensure that
positive things happen all the time. So, the ceremonies
In Sikkim, a male and female goat are
sacrificed after a purification ceremony in which
the animals are washed, their ears are stitched with
ribbon, their bodies are smeared red, and they are
made to drink the local brew, chang.
In another ceremony named Mesol, the
family visit the resting places of their ancestors,
light a lamp, and offer food and drinks. The family
then eat the food, which is considered blessed. In
some homes, the men race through the house firing
guns or crackers. Costume dramas are performed. Archery
contests and horse races are held. And everywhere,
On the morning of the new year, families
rise before dawn, bathe, put on new clothes and fine
jewellery. Offerings of barley flour mixed with butter
and sugar and yogurt are then made at the family shrine.
This represents the hope for a good grain harvest.
After a visit to local monasteries, the family settles
down to feasting and drinking.
The Bagmati River flows close by and the Arya Ghat
cremation grounds are here. We strongly advise photographers
not to take photos of cremations and of bereaved families.
Sadhus, sages who follow the lifestyle of Shiva, may
be seen covered in ashes and loin- cloths. They ask
for money in case you want to take their photos. The
main Pashupatinath courtyard may be entered by those
of Hindu faith only.
Revering Lord of all Lords-Shiva
Of the four Ratris (night), Shivaratri - one of the
major Hindu festivals- is a night of fasting and prayer
in honour of Lord Shiva. According to Hindu Mythology;
Brahma is the creator, Bishnu is the preserver and
Lord Shiva is the God of Destruction and thus is sometimes
described as God of all Gods. The devotees in their
prayer ask Lord Shiva to wash away all the sins they
Mahashivaratri is the night when Lord
Shiva himself was created by his own divine grace.
Hindus all over the world celebrate the festival with
zeal and enthusiasm. The devotees from all parts of
the country as well as neighbouring countries throng
to Pashupatinath. Literally 'the lord of animals'
Pashupatinath is one of the many forms of Lord Shiva.
Legend say, most of the devotees go
to worship literally to wrangle with the God for their
wishes to be fulfilled. In the dawn devotees take
a holy bath in Bagmati river and then they have to
stand in a long queue to enter into the temple for
worship. Since early hours, the vicinity of Pashupatinath
is seen bustling with the crowd of devotees and spectators.
One of the highlights during Mahashivaratri
is the number of sadhus who throng to Pasupatinath,
not only from across the country but also from the
neighbouring countries. Different type of sadhus could
be seen around who are one of the rare sights for
many. This year, Marwadi Sewa Samittee along with
other special welfare organizations has managed the
accommodation of these people.
"More than 400 sadhus already arrived
here," says Ram Prasad Dahal, member, Pashupati
Area Development Trust. According to Dahal, more than
1,700 sadhus and babas had visited last year.
Hemp, an intoxicating substance that
Lord Shiva is touted to enjoy the most is considered
to be prasad hence people believe that it is one of
the constituent of holy prasad and some could be seen
around in search of it - most of them handing around
the sadhus as they are supposed to be the main possessors.
A 441-member Mahashivaratri Management Committee 2061
and nine sub-committees under it have been formed
to manage the festival this year.
Dahal says, "Sixteen hundred volunteers
from Nepal Scout and 34 various organisations will
be mobilized on the day to take care of the various
things. Three passageways have been fixed to enter
As per this year's arrangement, around
150 devotees will be able to worship per minute while
all the four doors are open, informs Dahal. The committee
estimates around 1,50,000 devotees to turn up to mark