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Devotees throng Pashupati temple on first Monday of Shrawan

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KATHMANDU — Hindu devotees thronged the Pashupatinath Temple since dawn today to observe the first Monday in the holy month of Shrawan in Nepali calendar.

The entire month is considered to be the auspicious period to worship Lord Shiva with the belief that one’s wishes will get fulfilled by worshipping Lord Shiva throughout the month especially on Mondays.

Devotees were seen queuing up to offer worships and prayers to Lord Shiva from 2 am although the three doors of the temple were open at around 3:15 am, said Director of the Pashupati Area Development Trust Bhola Sitaula.

More than 35000 devotees worshipped at the temple until 8 am today, he added. Meanwhile, Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli worshipped at the temple.

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Girl raped in Mahottari

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GAUSHALA — A 13-year-old girl of Aurahi Municipality in Mahottari district has been raped on Sunday evening.

Police Inspector at Gaushala-based Area Police Office, Bhola Bhatta, said that two local youths — Rakesh Sada and Ritik Sada, both 15 years of age — allegedly raped the girl when she had gone to wash utensils at a nearby rivulet.

Police have arrested Ritik while Rakesh has been absconding after the incident.

Meanwhile, necessary investigation into the case is underway, said police.

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