If there is a time when one has to visit the Pashupatinath temple, Maha Shivaratri is it. Celebrated in honor of the Great Lord Shiva, large number of pilgrims and holy men (sadhus) come to the temple from all over Nepal and also India.They spend the night lighting sacred fires, singing praises of the deity, and keeping a constant vigil to greet his descent to earth on the grassy hills around the temple.
One of the most fascinating aspects are the Hindu sacred men – yogis or sadhus. Smeared with ash, away from the everyday concerns of the world, they can be seen all around the vicinity. They, naked with no sense of shame, have mastered cold and heat, hunger and sensual desire. These wanderers, thin but powerful, with fierce intelligent eyes, live a life detached, seeking union with Lord Shiva.