The Pashupatinath, the holy temple belonging to the Hindus, that was closed for four and a half months for devotees amidst second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has opened from 5:30 am Friday. As Nepal has been hit by the second wave of COVID-19, the main temple of Pashupatinath remained closed since April 23.
The devotees have thronged the temple to pay homage from early morning on Friday, according to the temple’s authorities. The temple will remain open only till 1:00 in the afternoon as the risk of COVID-19 is not fully over though the number of infection cases have declined of the late.
Devotees wishing to visit the Pashupatinath temple must wear face mask and use hand sanitizer, said administrative officer at the Pashupati Area Development Trust Rewati Raman Adhikari. Only 25 devotees will be allowed to enter the temple at a time.
As the temple remained closed for more than four months, the temple’s authorities on Thursday performed Chhyama puja or forgiveness worship. To enter the temple, the devotees have to queue up maintaining physical distance and only 25 devotees are allowed to enter into the temple at a time. The PADT has made arrangements to enter the temple through a single door and exit through the next. Pashupatinath temple attracts thousands of Hindu devotees both from Nepal and India daily.