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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.

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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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Sonam Lhosar today

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KATHMANDU — Tamang community people across the country are celebrating Sonam Lhosar with fanfare by extending greetings to one another and feasting on traditional cuisines Thursday.

Nepal Tamang Ghedung Association is organizing special programs in Tundikhel today to mark the festival.

As per Manju Shree calender, Tamang people divide their year into 12 cycles and each is given a special name, before the name of animals.

Sonam Lhosar is being celebrated on the first day of the new moon in the month of Magh in the lunar calendar.

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The government has announced public holiday today to mark the Sonam Lhosar.

Meanwhile, President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended best wishes to all Tamang sisters and brothers at home and abroad on the occasion of Sonam Lhosar, the greatest festival of the Tamang community.

In the Lhosar greetings delivered today, President Bhandari wished the people from Tamang community for their peace, happiness, prosperity, good health, fraternity and progress on the occasion of the festival.

“May this day inspire all Nepali citizens to maintain fraternity, mutual harmony, tolerance and goodwill and ultimately bring the country to prosperity by promoting cultural diversities and the specialty of the country at global arena,” the President said.

She further hoped that the festival will inspire all to join hands in the mega campaign of making prosperous Nepal.

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