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Govt to promote Kedarnath Shir Doleshwar as major pilgrimage for Hindus

NIRAJANA SHARMA

KATHMANDU, July 6

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The government is planning to promote Kedarnath Shir Doleshwar Mahadev temple located at Sipadol, Bhaktapur as one of the major pilgrimage for Hindu devotees.

Following the devastation of the Kedarnath Temple in India, the Indian government has already declared that pilgrimage to the holy site would be opened only after three years. In such a situation, the devotees can come to Doleshwar Mahadev Temple to worship, said Bharat Jangam.

“The head priest of Kedarnath Temple has asked us to conduct regular puja here in the same way the priests in India have been doing,” he added.

The temple conservation committee on Saturday offered special worship as per the norms followed in Kedarnath and the puja would be performed everyday just like in Haridwar, added Jangam, who is a member of the committee.

Attending the ceremony, Secretary Banskota said that government would allocate Rs 70 million for constructing dharmashala and other management facility to develop the place for religious tourism. Similarly, the master plan prepared earlier includes construction of bus-park, drinking water facility and electricity and telecommunication services. Similarly, the government also needs to establish a police unit to guarantee security for the visitors.

While millions of people, mainly Hindu devotees, visit the Pashupatinath Temple every year, public transport facility connecting Sipadol would make the place reachable to everyone, he added.

As per the Hindu mythology, the Pandavas took the pilgrimage to Haridwar to wash away their sins after killing all their relatives in the Mahabharata War. But Lord Shiva hiding from the Pandavas, took the form of bull. But the two Pandava brothers Nakul and Sahadev soon realized that the bull was Lord Shiva and started pulling his tail.

Then the bull´s head got separated and got flung away. Since then, the body part of the bull remained in Haridwar and its head was recovered in Bhaktapur.

The head priest of Kedarnath temple, Shree 1008 Jagat Guru Bhimashankar Linga Shivacharya Mahaswami in August, 2009 had declared the idol inside the temple as the head part of Kedarnath. Since then, the temple got attention from the Hindus across the world, said Jangam.

The earlier research on origination of the holy place reveals that Malla King Bhupatindra Malla in 1629 BS first time renovated the temple that was built between 12th and 13th century.

Source: Republica Daily

Link: http://www.myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=57408

Published on 2013-07-07 02:21:18
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