The festival of Shiva Ratri is synonyms with Bhang, dhaturo and Ganja (Marijuana or Cannabis). Although the use of ganja is prohibited in other times, it is usually free during the time of shiva ratri. In the festival, youths and older people go to Pashupati area to smoke ganja.
Shiva Ratri for different age group
- Children and youths – they ask for alm on road by blocking the road and asking for money. The collected money is usually used to purchase wood for the fire used in the night.
- Married women fast and worship lord Shiva for the longevity of their husbands.
- Unmarried women also fast and worship Shiva and ask for the husband like him.
- Older males – worship shiva and enjoy the festival by drinking juices and laddu containing bhang and smoking ganja.
Fasting for their husband and future husband is a tradition in declining trend. I believe, that is the remains of the male dominated society. Continue reading
Himali Creations presents
Documentary – Kailash Parbat ra Mansarobar Taal ko yatra
This documentary is about a religious tourism. Lord Shiva, the Hindu god – destroyer of ignorance and illusion is believed to reside at the summit of a legendary mountain named Kailāsa. Shiva is believed to be sitting in a state of perpetual meditation along with his wife Pārvatī.
In a religious rally Bool Baam on on the occasion of Chaturdasi of Sawan Mahina, devoties walk towards Legship Kirataswar Mandir to offer holy water.
Photo taken on Jorethang Road by Prabin Gurung.
Remind me of the Bol-Bomb posted earlier:
A bare-footed girl, on a Lord Shiva devotee Bol Bom procession, looks more like a fashion catwalk than a religious walk.
Photo credits – Raju Bogati, from Facebook
The tallest Shiva statue in the world, constructed on the financial support of Kamal Jain, is complete and is open for worshiping. The statue is constructed at Chhitpol-5, Kailaskut hill in Bhaktapur.
During the unveiling, a helicopter of Fishtail Air was throwing flowers on the statue from above.
The construction took 6 years and involved 100 Nepali and skilled labors from India. The construction of foundation alone took two years. To protect the statue from natural factors like sun, wind, and rain, it is coated with zinc. It is further coated with copper on top of zinc coating. According to Kamal Jain, the outer cover of the statue contain 6000 kgs of zinc and copper.