10 Mar Shivaratri. The Great Night Of Shiva And Celebration Of Cannabis
Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva. It is also known as padmarajarathri.
Shivaratri literally means the great night of Shiva or the night of Shiva. It is celebrated every year on the 13th night/14th day of the Maagha or Phalguna month of the Hindu calendar. In 2013 it is today, the 10th March.
Up to 150,000 pilgrims are expected to gather in Kathmandu where the sadhus smoke massive quantities of charas and smear their bodies with ashes in homage to Shiva. Other gatherings will be held throughout India and Hindu communities everywhere. All through the day the devotees chant the sacred Panchakshara mantra dedicated to Lord “Om Namah Shivaya”. The ash symbolises spiritual knowledge, purity and penance. Charas is smoked and bhang lassi is consumed to reach ever and ever heights of spiritual bliss.