Devotees throng Pashupatinath Temple

20, Jul 2020 | nepaltraveller.com

A large number of devotees visited shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in the Pashupatinath premises on the first Monday of the Nepali month Saun

KATHMANDU

RSS

A large number of devotees visited shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva in the Pashupatinath premises this morning on the first Monday of the Nepali month Saun.

All Mondays in this month are considered special and particularly the first Monday is considered special day for paying homage to Lord Shiva.

The devotees are not allowed to pay homage to the deity at the main temple of Pashupatinath since the imposition of lockdown since March 24 to stem the spread of coronavirus pandemic. People were also not even allowed in the Pashupatinath premises before June 15.

The number of devotees visiting the Pashupatinath premises had increased after June 15 with the relaxation of the lockdown. The devotees have been paying respect and obeisance to the Pashupatinath from outside the temple compound.

Today also, on the first Monday of month of Saun, many devotees paid homage from outside.  Treasurer of Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) Dr Milan Kumar Thapa said although devotees were not allowed inside the main Pashupatinath temple, devotees crowded on the premises outside to the extent that it was impossible to maintain social distancing. He added that many devotees had not even put on face masks.

The devotees could be seen eager to offer worship at the other smaller temples and shrines of lord Shiva in the premises. They had reached Pashupati area early in the morning notwithstanding the downpour.

PADT member-secretary Dr Pradip Dhakal said it depends on the decision of the government whether the main temple would open for the devotees to pay homage and offer worship. He said preparations are being done to facilitate the devotees to offer worship at the main temple by adopting health safety measures in the event of the government deciding to open the temple to the devotees .

Similarly, it is said devotees thronged the Malilingeshwor, Gokarneshwor, Kileshwor, Kumbheshwor, Gopaleshwor, Phanikeshwor, Gandheshwor, Bikrameshwor and the Shiva Temple also called Sano Pashupati at Basantapur in the capital and the Doleshwor temple in Bhaktapur since the morning.

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