Devotees flock to Pashupatinath Temple on Maha Shivaratri
Last Updated: Monday, February 20, 2012, 21:37
Kathmandu: An estimated 700,000 people, including 200,000 Indians flocked to the historic Pashupatinath Temple in Nepal to celebrate the Mahashivaratri festival.

The pilgrims prayed and performed 'Aarti' at the temple considered to be one of the holiest among the Hindus.

4,000 security personnel including Armed Police Force personnel were deployed as part of stepped up security measures in force at the premises for the occasion with the government declaring the day as a public holiday.

People queued up at the temple from 3 am in the morning for worshipping Lord Shiva. Religious music, devotional songs, satsang, dance and lecture formed part of the Maha Shivaratri festival.

The Pashupati Area Development Trust responsible for managing the temples affairs have also arranged free accommodation, food, water and medical facilities for hundreds of thousands of devotees.

Meanwhile, 120 people, including 20 Indians arrested in Nepal for using cannabis and other criminal offences during the Maha Shivaratri celebrations here.

Some 120 people were arrested and they included 30 locals who used cannabis, said spokesman of Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Circle Dhiraj Pratap Singh.

Those using cannabis will be released after the festival is over, he informed.

He, however said that the Sadhus including those coming from India have not been arrested even if they consumed cannabis. "We will release the arrested people after investigating them," he added.


First Published: Monday, February 20, 2012, 19:44

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