Kathmandu: Nepal’s Supreme Court on Tuesday
rejected a petition seeking a stay on the selling of tickets
to devotees who wanted a quick access to the holy
Pashupatinath shrine during Mahasihvaratri.
The petition was filed by Hindu activist Bharat
Jangam, yesterday, to oppose the decision of the Pashupati
Area Development Trust (PADT) that manages the temple’s
affairs to sell tickets priced at Rs 1,000 each to allow quick
entrance to devotees into the holy temple.
Treasurer of PADT Narottam Vaidya says that the
decision to issue entrance ticket was aimed at providing easy
access to old and disabled devotees and also to the foreigners
Vaidy said the PADT is planning to use the money
received from the ticket sales for charitable purpose.
"We are planning to construct a cow herding ground or
Gaushala in Gothatar, 5 km east of Pashupati area which can
accommodate 1,000 cows and help the poor people", he said.
Some 500,000 devotees including 200,000 from India are
expected during the Mahasihvaratri, Vaidy said.
For the convenience of the people various commercial
banks including Nepal SBI Bank, Everest Bank and Nepal
Investment Banks which have branches in India, are also
contributing voluntarily for issuing the tickets to the
devotees, he said.
This is not the first time that the tickets were
issued for having easy access to the Pashupati as the
arrangement was also made during Mahasihvaratri last year.