Nepal's SC refuses to stay selling tickets for Pashupatinath

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 including India.

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.