Mahashivaratri festival has been important in Nepal since ancient times. During Mahashivaratri, devotees flock not only to Pashupatinath in Kathmandu but also to Shiva temples all over.But the story of Pashupatinath’s crowd is different. The crowds in other temples cannot be compared to the crowds in Pashupati area during Mahashivaratri.The temple of Pashupatinath, believed to have existed since time immemorial, is believed to have been established in the first or second century AD during the reign of King Supushpa.
Experts say that the practice and tradition of celebrating Mahashivaratri in Pashupatinath temple may be just as old. According to cultural expertS, Nepal, which was closed to the outside world before Vikram Sambat 2007, was reopened only during Mahashivaratri.Nepal used to be open for eight days during Mahashivaratri. At that time, Hindu pilgrims from India and other countries used to come to visit Pashupatinath.”The landscape changed after the 2007 political upheaval. After Nepal became open to the outside world, the number of foreigners coming to Nepal increased. The number of pilgrims from India and other countries also increased in Pashupatinath.
There are basically three benefits that Nepal can reap from the Mahashivaratri festival :
Pilgrims and other tourists who visit Pashupatinath temple are bringing money directly or indirectly into Nepal. Their growing numbers have brought economic benefits to the country’s tourism industry.Pilgrims and tourists also visit Pashupatinath temple for financial gain in the form of offerings, donations, dastur or other forms. It is estimated that about one million pilgrims will reach Pashupatinath on the occasion of Shivaratri.Many of them are believed to have come from neighboring India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Mauritius.
How many offerings can be made in the temple on the occasion of Mahashivaratri? That is not clear.But in Pashupatinath, devotees offer millions of rupees every year in precious metals such as cash and gold and silver, Tandon said. Pashupatinath pilgrims are also attracted to other temples in Nepal. Their stay in Nepal can be extended .If we can expand transport and other services in the temple sector in Nepal, it will increase. It can become another source of income for the country.
But the story of Pashupatinath’s crowd is different. The crowds in other temples cannot be compared to the crowds in Pashupati area during Mahashivaratri.The temple of Pashupatinath, believed to have existed since time immemorial, is believed to have been established in the first or second century AD during the reign of King Supushpa.
Experts say Pashupatinath is a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage for many Hindus. Many Indian Hindus visit Pashupatinath after reaching the main shrines in India. The pilgrims who visit Pashupatinath are helped to get rid of the animal-like qualities inherent in human beings. Hindus have been believing that worshiping and visiting Pashupatinath will bring many benefits.People all over the world are now searching for spiritual knowledge. There is a lot of potential to develop Pashupatinath as a spiritual center of the world through Mahashivaratri festival. There is a place that can attract many people to visit and visit Pashupatinath.
Along with economic and spiritual benefits, Mahashivaratri is associated not only with the Pashupati region but also with the religious and cultural aspects of Nepal. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pashupati is like an open museum.Natural and cultural diversity can be seen in the Pashupatinath area located on the banks of the river Bagmati. Pilgrims or tourists visiting Pashupatinath can see and immerse themselves in the same diversity of the Pashupatinath region.
Cultural experts believe that the arrival of foreign pilgrims and tourists will help in cultural exchange.If more and more pilgrims from India and other neighboring countries can be attracted to the Pashupati region, it will also help in improving relations between the two countries.The number of Indian pilgrims visiting Pashupatinath is increasing after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Pashupatinath. The influx of Indian pilgrims is not limited to the Mahashivaratri festival. They visit Pashupatinath throughout the year.