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Devotees throng Nepal's Pashupatinath temple for Mahashivaratri festival
According to Pashupati Area Development Trust, at least 7 lakh devotees and pilgrims from India, Nepal are likely to visit the Pashupatinath temple in Nepal's capital city Kathmandu on February 27 to celebrate auspicious Mahashivaratri festival this year.

Several thousand security personnel and around ten thousand volunteers have been mobilized to manage the crowds that are thronging the temple for pooja ceremony.

Naga babas will offer pooja to Lord Shiva, while various artists will perform various musical and religious shows during the festivities. The Namboothiri Brahmins from Kerala state perform the rites and rituals in the temple which is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Shiva on the banks of the Bagmati River flowing through Kathmandu and serves as the seat of the national deity of Nepal. Temple's extensive grounds have an inscribed Licchavi linga from the 7th century.

Pashupathinath is the regarded as the holiest of all Shiva shrines in Nepal and Lord Shiva is the master of all living beings of the universe as eulogized in the Vedas, Upnisada and other religious texts of the Hindus. It is said that the temple was built by Supus Padeva, a Linchchhavi King in 753 AD. Pashupatinath temple area is also included in the list of world cultural heritage by UNESCO.

Here is my acrostic on SHIVA on the occasion of Mahashivaratri.

S: Supreme God within Shaivism sect of

H: Hindu religion treated as the patron god of yoga and arts, and worshiped in an

I: iconic form of Lingam to be

V: Valued as limitless, transcendent and eternal element to be realized by perusing an

A: Ascetic life.

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