Mahashivaratri Preparation begins

0 Comments 7 Feb 2014 ADV

The pashupati Area Development Trust has begun preparations for Mahashivaratri, a major Hindu Festival Dedicated to Lord Shiva to be observed on February 27. The festival observed across the nation by worshipping Shiva and visiting temples. PADT is expecting as many as 700,000 visitors at the Pashupatinath Temple on the day.

A 351-member main festival committee has been formed under the chairmanship of minister for culture, tourism and Civil Aviation Ram Kumar Shrestha to look after the management for the festival, according to PADT. Eleven other subcommittees will oversee other aspects like managing the lines of devotees, sanitation, security, publicity and health camps, among other, during the festival.

“We are expecting about seven Lakh devotees to visit the Pashupatinath Temple this Mahashivaratri” said Govinda Tandan, member secretary of PADT, Adding, preparations are afoot to make it a Grand National event.The annual festival is celebrated with great religious fervor in reverence of Lord Shiva, one of the hindu gods forming the trinity-Brahma, Visnu and Maheshwor (Shiva). It falls on the 14th night of the new moon in the month of Falgun (February-March). Devotees fast and worship Shiva Lingam in order to appease Lord Shiva on the occasion. According to Hindu scriptures, Mahashivaratri signifies the transition from the darkness of gloom and ignorance to the down of divine joy and knowledge.

Over 500,000 devotees from Nepal and India visited the Festival to mark the Shivaratri last year. PADT received complaints that it failed to handle the crowd, who were forced to stand up for three to four hours in lines. “The crowed will be properly managed so that everyone can worship Lord Shiva within minutes,” Tandan said.

The officials also pledged to work on the short comings of previous years for better management of the festival this year. PADT has also introduced a prevision entry fees for devotees, who wish to skip long queues. Those who buy Tickets will not have to queue up to perform Puja as there will be separate line for them. However, no one will be forced to buy tickets according to PADT.

All concerned bodies, including local communities, will be mobilized to make the event successful, said the PADT officials. Hundreds of devotees, sages and saints from India visit the temple during the yearly festival. The sages from different parts of the country and India have already started to arrive Kathmandu. PADT aims to jointly with the Nepal Tourism Board for successful conclusion of the festival.

Source: the Himalayan Times, 6, Feb

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