Yes, we understand that Mahashivaratri is all about worshipping Lord Shiva, fasting, and staying up all night lighting fire in front of the Mahadeva shrine. But don’t you want to do something more on Shivaratri than these things?
If you do, then this Shivaratri, join us on our spiritual excursion in Bhaktapur. There are several things that you can do in Bhaktapur during Shivaratri. And here’s the list.
Hike up to Doleshwor and Ashapuri
On Mahashivaratri, many people pay their respects to Lord Shiva’s temples. As a result, planning a hike to one or two of the Shiva temples appears to be a worthwhile endeavour. The Doleshwor temple and Aashapuri temple are two Shiva temples located on a hillside. So, it would be a good chance to explore both the adventurous and the pilgrimage site of Bhaktapur.
There, you would see Shaivism and Mahashivarati celebrations in a different light.
Do meditation and fasting
If you are not a hiker, you can simply meditate in your own place. Shiva is also credited with the birth of yoga and spirituality. Sadhguru will also be streaming yoga online on the day of Mahashivaratri. Thus, if you are living in your own space but want to give Mahashivaratri a try, you can join them.
Witness Kna lakegu (Nava Durga dance)
During Shivaratri, you may be able to see Kna lakegu jatra (the Navadurga dance) in Bhaktapur. The event could be held at Goracha tole. However, a little wandering about won’t be boring at all.
Evening walk in Bhaktapur
On the same day, Bhaktapur.com has been planning an event in the evening. The crew, together with interested individuals, will visit each feasible Shiva temple in the city after 6 p.m., as this is when devotees begin to light the fire in front of each temple.
The vista would be stunning in and of itself, but you might also learn more about Mahashivaratri and the current Shiva temple. Lord Shiva is already a fascinating topic to discuss. As a result, this stroll is likely to be the finest for Lord Shiva devotees.
Take a challenge; Visit all the possible Mahadeva shrines of Bhaktapur
This is insane, but if you try, you might be able to visit all of the stated Shiva temples in a single day. We’ve compiled a list of some of Bhaktapur’s most popular Shiva temples and the Bhaktapur nagara. You could try to visit all of such temples during Mahashivaratri.
List of the Shiva temple in Bhaktapur (popular shrines only)
Pashupatinath temple of Bhaktapur
Kailashnath temple (Sanga Mahadeva)
Somnath temple (In the premises of Pilot Baba Ashram)
Mahadeva pokhari (Nagarkot)
Kileshwor Mahadeva (Changu Narayan temple premises)
Sileshwor Mahadeva (Thimi)
List of Shiva temples in the Bhaktapur Nagara that would be open on the day of Mahashivaratri
Pashupatinath temple (Yakshyashwor temple)
Silu Mahadeva (Phasidegal)
Dattatraya temple (Bhaktapur Durbar Square)
Dattatraya temple (Dattatraya Square)
Nrityanath temple (Nasa: dyo-on the way to Dattatraya square from Inacho)
Mahadeva temple (Golmadhi)
Shiva temples (Kwaachhen)
Mahadeva temple (Khauma)
Mahadevasthan (Jagannatha temple area)
Uma Maheshwor temple (Khauma, Taumadhi, Sukuldhoka)