Priest warns against meddling with Pashupatinath traditions

Last Updated: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 18:38

Kathmandu: Any attempt to tamper with the
240-year-old tradition of South Indian Brahmins being
appointed as priests of the famous Pashupatinath temple would
draw public outrage, a `pujari` at the holy shrine has warned.

Shakarman Bhandari, one of the priests at the
centuries-old temple said, "We were not against the
appointment of Nepalese priests but are opposed the
appointment without proper procedure."

"Breaking the 240-years-long tradition, the Maoists
appointed a Nepali as chief priest at the temple. But now the
public has understood the politics behind this move and any
such attempt in the future would draw public outrage," he told

The four main chief priests at the centuries-old
Pashupatinath temple have been Brahmins from South India since
Malla era around mid-eighteenth century.
In January 2009, the then Maoist-led government of
Nepal forced the three Indians, including chief Priest of
Pashupati, Mahabaleshwor Bhatta, to resign and appointed
Nepali pujaris.

Later, the priests of the temple took their battle to
the Supreme Court and the appointment was cancelled.

Pashupatinath temple is the one of the biggest Hindu
temple of Lord Shiva in the world located on the banks of the
Bagmati river in the eastern part of Kathmandu. The temple is
listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.


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First Published: Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 18:38

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