Preparations for Mahashivaratri almost completed

0 Comments 21 Feb 2014 ADV

The pashupati Area development Trust said it has almost completed the preparations for mahashivaratri, a major Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The preparations for the festival that falls on February 27 are in the final stage, according to Govind Tandan, member-secretary of the PADT.

“We are now busy in painting temples, abodes and idols,” he said, adding “All preparations will be completed within four days.”

As per the PADT, security arrangement, health camps and traffic management schemes have been well planned for the festival.
Apart from Nepali Army personal and intelligence bureau helping to maintain security, 2,400 personal from Nepal police, some 800 personal from the Armed Police Force and volunteers from Nepal Scout and different organizations will be deployed on the temple premises for the festival. ‘there will be five health camps said Tandan.

The PADT is expecting some 700,000 visitors this year against about 500,000 visitors from Nepal and Indian last year.
The saints, sages and Naga Badas have started arriving for the event, according to the PADT.

The annual festival celebrated with fasts and great religious forever in reverence of Lord 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 transition from the darkness of gloom and ignorance to the dawn of divine joy and knowledge.
A 351-member main festival organizing committee has been formed, according to the PADT. Other 11 subcommittees, including queue management, sanitation, security, publicity, health camps, among others have also been formed to organize the festival.

Last year, the PADT had received complaints for failing to handle the crowd because the devotees have to stand in long queues for hours.

“The crowed will be properly managed so that devotee gets to worship within 30 minutes to one hour of standing in queue without any hassle,” Tandan added.

The entry fee for devotees who want to skip long queues in Rs 1,000, Tandan added.
All concerned bodies, including local communities, will be mobilized to make the event successful, said PADT officials.

Source: Thehimalayantimes.com, 20 Feb

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