Gyanendra for campaign to restore Nepal as Hindu state
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 09, 2010, 19:16
  
Kathmandu: Nepal's dethroned king has come out in support of a campaign to restore the country as a Hindu state at rare public appearance near the world famous Pashupatinath temple in the capital.

64-year-old Gyanendra and former queen Komal went to the Bankali forest area near Pashupatinath yesterday where Kali Baba, a popular saint in the country, has been conducting a 'Maha Yagnya', a ritual to restore Hinduism as the state religion in Nepal.

Nepal was converted into a secular state three years ago by the Parliament.

The former monarch also took part in the ritual as per the Hindu tradition on the occasion, according to eye-witnesses.

The former monarch was greeted with cheers by the large crowd when he arrived at the temple. Wearing garlands, Gyanendra spoke to the media briefly, saying Nepal should be restored as a Hindu state as per people’s desire.

"I will extend my support to the campaign if Nepalese people want to restore the Hindu state status, he said.

The 'Sahasra Rudrachandi yajna' by Kali Baba from March 1. It has been drawing thousands of Hindu devotees including senior politicians and ministers.

Kali Baba has announced that he would sacrifice his life if Hindu state status is not restored within the next nine days.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, March 09, 2010, 19:16


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