Temple Pashupatinath, One of the most important temples of Lord Shiva, located near the river Bagmati. Shiva – god of creation, preservation and destruction. It is important to pray to Lord Shiva on this day, as sincere worship of his acts much stronger, You can get positive karma and spiritual liberation.
Hordes of people going on that day near the temple. Musicians playing the sitar, drums, dancers in bright robes surrounded the temple, street vendors offer their goods. People start preparing for the festival for a few days. They smoke Charas (hashish) and drink bhang (milk flavored with marijuana leaves). It is not surprising, that among the fans you see worshipers of Shiva, which convulse or behave inappropriately.
This day is very important for садху (wandering monks) and Indian women. Women pray to the god of marriage, good and happy marriage, birth beautiful children.
Among sadhus about 500 We Baba – holy men, who renounced the material and earthly goods, attachments, even clothing, so they are heated by the fire. Holy men dedicate their lives ascetic yoga, spiritual practices. Индусы bring offerings to them in the form of coins, fruit, rice, sweets, thus providing yourself a good karma. Those, в свою очередь, bless them, Folding his hands over their heads and cause a streak of ash on the forehead.
Evening festivities begin, which is accompanied by fireworks in the center of Kathmandu. City illuminated by oil lamps and fires in forests. Sadhu start their wild dances with tridents, compete in weight lifting penises(!), dancing naked, entering into a trance. Everywhere heard the sound of drums, Flutes, singing, everything is filled with smoke and religious vibrations.
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