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President extends best wishes on Udhauli

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended best wishes on the occasion of Udhauli festival Sunday.

In her message on the occasion of the great festival of the Kirant people, Udhauli, President Bhandari wished the Kiranti brothers and sisters at home and abroad peace, prosperity and good health while pointing out that it was the responsibility of all to institutionalize the unity and social harmony brought about by such festivals.

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The head of thet state has stated that the festivals celebrated by the peoples of various ethnicities and communities in Nepal have been embellishing the country as the ‘common garden’.

She said the festivals like Uddhauli that are celebrated here have made an important contribution to maintaining social harmony, goodwill, national unity and a common Nepali identity by connecting together our geographical, religious, cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity.

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Devotees throng Pashupatinath on Maha Shivaratri

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KATHMANDU — Devotees from various places of the country and neighboring India have thronged Pathupatinath Temple since early Tuesday morning to offer prayers on Maha Shivaratri.

All four doors of the temple were open at 3:15 for the devotees to pay homage to Lord Shiva, said director of the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) Bhola Sitaula.

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Arrangements have been made for the devotees to enter the main temple from three doors (a door in the south of Pingalasthan, another in the west of Jayabageshwori-Bhuvaneshwori, and the third from Mitrapark-Umakunda-Basuki), he said.

The devotees are supposed to exit from the same door they have entered, said another PADT official. Approximately 1.3 million devotees are estimated on the festival this year, he said.

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