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Siva in TroubleFestivals and Rituals at the Pasupatinatha Temple of Deopatan$
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Axel Michaels

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195343021

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343021.001.0001

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 The Great Night of Śiva (Mahāśivarātri)

 The Great Night of Śiva (Mahāśivarātri)

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(p.183) 10 The Great Night of Śiva (Mahāśivarātri)
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Siva in Trouble
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Axel Michaels (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343021.003.0010

This chapter deals with the Great Night of Śiva (Mahāśivarātri), the main festival of the Smārta Hindus in Deopatan, celebrated by pilgrimage and night vigils. It discusses the calendrical, historical and mythological problems of the festival. As it seems, the Śāha kings of Nepal have strongly supported it by attracting pilgrims and revered ascetics from India in order to promote the pure, vegetarian religiosity in Nepal.

Keywords:   Śivarātri, pilgrimage, night vigil, Smart Hinduism

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