With the COVID-19 protocols in place, the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath Temple re-opened for devotees on Wednesday morning, the Pashupati Area Development Trust reported.
Closed after the first phase of the lockdown beginning in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the temple will remain open every day from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. The atonement was also conducted on Tuesday morning, requesting forgiveness as it prepared to reopen the gates after a long hiatus.
The entry of the devotees inside the temple, which had continued on a regular basis since ancient times, was prohibited during the pandemic due to the possibility of transmission.
Adhering to health safety protocols, devotees will be permitted to give prayers inside the temple from tomorrow, said Pradip Dhakal, a member of the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT). Visitors would have to wear a face mask.
“We were compelled to restrict ourselves during the crisis of the pandemic. We will gradually start operating the special puja, singing of hymns and other rituals that have been suspended by adopting health safety procedures after the temple’s opening on Wednesday,” he said.
The PADT stated that special security alertness is to be adopted in the Pashupati area as the temple is opening after long amidst the existing risk of Coronavirus infection. A meeting attended by all the security bodies was organised in this connection, said PADT treasurer Dr Milan Kumar Thapa.
The PADT has suffered losses around Rs 700 million due to this, PADT executive director Dr Ghanashyam Khatiwada said. However, the offering of regular prayer and worship, ‘aarti’, food offerings and the crematorium services were continued during the period.
(With Inputs from ANI)

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