This Mahashivaratri, Pashupatinath decorated in low profile

Kathmandu, March 11

Every year Pashupatinath use to be decorated fully. But this time, the Pashupatinath is not decorated as usual. It has been decorated in a low profile manner.  We cannot see a lot of garlands around the temple nor can we view main gates decked out as lavishly as before.

According to the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT), it has reduced its budget for decorations and food since a few numbers of sadhus and devotees are expected to visit Pashupatinath from India and other areas of Nepal this year.

Pradeep Dhakal, the member secretary of the PADT said, “A small number of devotees will visit Pashupatinath on the day of Mahashivaratri this year due to COVID-19.” He added around 300,000 devotees are expected to visit Pashupatinath this year. Over 100 sadhus have already arrived at Pashupatinath and some sadhus will arrive by Thursday morning.