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Prez Bhandari performs special puja, offers first month’s salary to Pashupatinath Temple

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari has today performed a special prayer at the Pashupatinath Temple, longing for the welfare of the nation and the world.

President Bhandari reached at around 10:20 am and offered a special puja at the Temple, according to Dr Govinda Tondon, Member-Secretary of the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT).

Tondon said, “The President who arrived at 10:20 am at the Temple premises paid wordhip to the Basukinath and performed the puja at the main temple according to the ceremonies.”

Bhandari also offered Rs 121,360 to the temple, said Chief Account Officer of the PADT, Premhari Dhungana.

President Bhandari received a special welcome by local people with customary Dhime music and Swastibachan from clerics of Nepal Veda Bidyashram.

The Head of the State also offered special worship to the Shesh Narayan, Lal Ganesh, Surya Narayan, Gangamai, Santap Hareshwor, among other deities, assisted by the main as well as other priests.

This was the first visit of Presidnet Bhandari to the Pashupatinath Temple after her election to the post. On the occasion, she offered her salary of the first month of her tenure to 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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