Nepal lifts its cannabis ban each year for this celebration. Around 100,000 Hindus accumulate close to the sanctuaries of Pashupati nath. It’s remained in Kathmandu for 15 centuries and holds the position as one of the holiest altars of Shiva on the planet.
Consistently in late February or early March, Hindus from India and Nepal assemble in Kathmandu to sing, smoke weed and worship Shiva.
The celebration is called Maha Shivaratri, and keeping in mind that not every person included smokes cannabis, a large number of individuals do. A large portion of the smokers utilize a similar sort of chillums that Shiva would have utilized a large number of years back. Resounding the stories of Shiva continuing on cannabis, one celebration participant told a National Geographic film team: “Ordinary individuals need nourishment, we need [ganja].”
Maha Shivaratri is an extraordinary celebration in Hinduism, celebrated every year with the commitment and religious excitement in the respect of the Master Shiva, divinities of Hindu Trinity. The exacting importance of Shivaratri is “The Incomparable Night of Ruler Shiva“.
When a year, more often than not amid the eleventh month in the Hindu logbook, Maha Shivaratri is celebrated. The festival generally falls in February or March, before the coming of the spring season.
On this day Shiva is said to have spared the world from devastation relying on the prerequisite that individuals venerated him with extraordinary pride and eagerness. Different legends state that Shiva named this particular day when the goddess Parvati inquired. Maha Shivaratri is a noteworthy celebration inside the Hinduism culture since it marks recognition of defeating haziness and obliviousness on the planet. Amid this day, the way of life watches the day be recalling Shiva and evolving supplications, fasting, doing yoga, and reflecting. Morals and excellencies of poise, genuineness, benevolence to other people, pardoning, and the revelation of Shiva are the essential concentrations and extreme objectives. Fans offer water, milk, dhatura, bhaang, akwan blossoms to Shiva’s object of worship or Shivalinga and love the Hindu Divine force of decimation. Shiva is viewed as the perfect spouse and unmarried young ladies and ladies appeal to God for a husband like him.
Shivratri is remembered as thanksgiving to the Lord for shielding the ignorant world from annihilation. On this day, it’s believed that Lord Shiva became ‘Neelkantham‘ or the blue-throated one, by swallowing the deadly poison that arose throughout the churning of “shir Sagar” or the milklike ocean. The poison was thus deadly that even a drop by his abdomen, that represents the universe, would have wiped out the whole world. He control it in his neck, that turned blue as a result of poison.
In the antiquated fantasies related with the divine beings and Shiva, well before the formation of the universe, the devas or divine beings, stirred a vast sea so as to acquire Amrita (remedy of life) for achieving everlasting stature. It is said that Marijuana plants developed at all spots where the nectar dropped or contacted the earth. In one of the legends, Shiva revitalized himself in the warmth of the daylight by expending leaves of the Marijuana plants. He is additionally said to have received the plant like a piece of his preferred eating regimen and is in this way frequently called “Ruler of Bhang.”
Upon the arrival of Shivaratri, a woodcutter, who had executed numerous winged animals in a backwoods, was pursued by a ravenous lion. The woodcutter climbed a Bilva tree to spare himself from the lion’s assault. The lion held up all through the whole night at the base of the tree for its prey. So as to remain alert to abstain from tumbling from the tree, the seeker continued culling the leaves of the Bilva tree and dropping them beneath. The leaves fell on a Shiva Linga that happened to be situated at the base of the tree. Shiva was satisfied by the offering of the Bilva leaves by the seeker, albeit accidentally, and spared the seeker despite all the transgression the seeker had submitted by murdering the feathered creatures. This story accentuates the promise of adoring Shiva with Bilva leaves on Shivaratri
The legend of Shiva Linga is additionally profoundly identified with Maha Shivratri. As per the story, Brahma and Vishnu sought hard to find the Aadi (starting) and the Antha (end) of Lord Shiva. It has been trusted that on the fourteenth day in obscurity fortnight of the long stretch of Phalguna, Shiva originally showed himself as a Linga. From that point forward, the day is viewed as incredibly propitious and is praised as Maha Shivratri – the amazing night of Shiva. To commend this event, fans of Lord Shiva keeps fast amid the day and love the Lord for the duration of the night. It is said that revering Lord Shiva on Shivratri offers one with satisfaction and thriving.
Master Shiva is a Vaishnava and as indicated by Vaishnava standards one ought not smoke weed But Lord Shiva is powerful to the point that he can drink the entire sea of toxic substance without getting hurt. So also, he can smoke Marijuana without losing his stature of Vaishnava.
He is the person who is indicated committing errors and after that gaining from them. He is appeared as dancing classically with a free mind. This is the reason for him being addressed as NATARAJ.