Feb 24, 2017- I am not sure that Shiva is Lord or God. In general, Nepali people say Shiva is God. Anyway, Mahashivaratri is a popular Hindu festival dedicated to God Shiva. Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most populor Hindu shrines, thousands of devotees attended the festival. Sadhus from various parts of Nepal and India visited the temple Pashupatinath to show their devotion to God Shiva. This festival is celebrated on the Chaturdashi of Krishna Paksha in Fagun (February) of each year.
God Shiva is considered the ideal husband so unmarried girls and women pray for a husband like him. The God Shiva has appeared in many different form of God; Shiva, Mahadev, Bhairab, Nataraj and Nilkantha.
Maha Shivaratri is celebrated everyyear by Hindu followers. Maha Shivaratri means ‘the great night of Shiva’. Shadus and people smoke Hashish in Pashupatinath area during the celebration of the Maha Shivaratri, as free day for Hashish. Hashish supposed to be poison or negative things. According to the Hindu legend, Maha Shivaratri is a day where God Shiva protected the world from the poison.