Thousands of devotees throng Pashupatinath temple

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 20:05

Kathmandu: Tens of thousands of devotees,
including those from India on Wednesday worshipped at Pashupatinath
temple, regarded as the most sacred temple of Lord Shiva, on
Mahashivratri, one of the most popular Hindu festivals.

Over 500,000 people, including Naga sadhus, worshipped
Shiva at the fifth century Hindu shrine with many queueing up
outside the temple since 2 am. Nepalese President Ram Baran
Yadav was amnong those who visited the temple early in the
morning.

Located on the banks of the Bagmati river,
Pashupatinath is the oldest Hindu shrine in Nepal and also
listed in UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site list.

Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT), which manages
the the fifth century Hindu shrine, said over 4,000 security
personnel have been put into action while 5,000 volunteers
were mobilised to ensure the day passes off smoothly.

In Kathmandu, people observed the festival by
organising camp fire at different cross roads and preparing
variety of delicacies.

"The festival which is celebrated with the massive
participation of entire Hindus is a special day for the
devotees and pilgrims coming from various parts of the country
and abroad for worshipping the Lord Shiva," Prime Minister
Jhala Nath Khanal said in his message on the occasion.

He expressed hope that the festival will also
significantly enhance religious tourism and international
brotherhood by preserving religious and cultural values.

Meanwhile, Nepal Army today celebrated Army Day with a
variety of programme at Tundikhel Open Ground. President Yadav
and Prime Minister Khanal also observed a parade by Nepal Army
on the occasion.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 20:05

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