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Sadhus throng Pashupatinath Temple for Maha Shivaratri

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KATHMANDU — As the country is preparing to celebrate the Mahashivaratri festival, one of the biggest Hindu festivals dedicated to the Lord Shiva on Tuesday, the movement of devotees and sadhus has started growing dense at the Pashupatinath Temple area.

The festival falls on Tuesday this year.

Liker in the past years, hundreds of sadhus from across the country and from various parts of neighbouring India have arrived at the temple and taking refuge at the temple premises as well as Bankali area.

Around five thousand Sadhus from Nepal and India are expected to show up at Pashupat area in Kathmamdu this week to take part in the festivities of Maha Shivaratri, according to the Pashupati Area Development Trust, the government body responsible for looking after the Pashupatinath area.

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One can view the scenes of sadhus with their faces smeared with firewood ashes and puffing on cigarettes mixed with marijuana. On the other hand, people are seen dancing and singing in the honour of Lord Shiva.

There is a trend of bidding farewell to sadhus after handing them offerings and money following the conclusion of the festival.

Meanwhile, arrangements have been made for pilgrims and sadhus for their accommodation, food and water, said the Trust.

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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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