Nepal’s iconic Pashupatinath Temple, the 5th century Hindu holy shrine, will reopen from today for worshipers which was closed due to the recent wave of Covid-19 in the Himalayan nation. The revered Hindu holy shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva has been closed for three weeks following the third wave of COVID-19 infection.
The temple will reopen and worshipers have been asked to adhere to all Covid-19 health protocols.
According to the Pashupati Area Development Trust, the temple is in the process of reopening as per the new order issued by the District Administration Office (DAO) Kathmandu.
Pashupatinath Temple, along with other shrines in the premises such as Guhyeshwari and Chandrabinayak, among others, were attracting large gatherings of devotees which authorities said posed a threat of COVID-19 transmission.
The DAO on Monday allowed activities like worship, meditation or prayer in places like temples, mosques, monasteries and churches following health safety protocols.
Pashupatinath Temple – listed as a World Heritage Site in 1979 – is the largest temple complex in Nepal and stretches across both sides of the Bagmati River and sees thousands of worshipers from Nepal and India every day.
Meanwhile, Nepal on Thursday reported 1,369 new cases of COVID-19 along with 2,238 recoveries and 12 deaths. So far, 11,864 people have died from the virus across Nepal.
*With agency contributions
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