Preparations complete to welcome Teej devotees at Pashupati

By A Staff Reporter

Kathmandu, Sept. 12: The Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) has made all necessary preparations for the Teej festival, one of the biggest Hindu festivals being celebrated on Wednesday.
In a bid to provide better facilities to the devotees and manage the crowds during the festival, all four gates of the temple will open from 3 a.m. to 8 p.m., except while conducting the two regular rituals -- the Shree Yantra Puja and Maha Bhog (offering) -- from 8:30 to 9:30 and from 12:30 to 13:45, respectively.
The PADT has made arrangements for three lines for devotees to enter the temple. One queue of devotees will start from Mitrapark and then move through Umakunda, Rudragadeshwor, Basuki and finally enter the temple premises from the north entry door.
Likewise, the devotees entering from the east gate will start from Jayabageshwori, then move to Bhubaneswori and enter temple premises from the east gate while the devotees preferring to enter the temple from the southern door will stand in queue at Bankali and move through Charshivalaya, Panchadewal, Bajraghar and then make their entry from the south door of the temple.
The north, south and east gates shall be used by devotees for entering into the temple while the western gate shall be used for exiting. Visitors with disability and senior citizens can enter through any gate. The PADT has strictly directed the volunteers to cooperate with senior citizens.
The PADT informed that high a level security measures would be put in place on Teej when thousands of women devotees are expected to throng the Pashupatinath Temple.
On the occasion, a high number of security personnel are being arranged to manage the crowd of devotees and also to provide security to the visitors.
According to the Trust, personnel from the Nepal police, Armed Police Force and Nepal Army will be mobilised at the Pashupati area during the festival day.
To control pick pocketing and other illegal activities, police personnel will be mobilised in civil dress.
As large crowds of women devotees gather at the temple during the day, cases of theft often take place in the area. Therefore there is a need to mobilise a large number of security personnel, Pradip Dhakal, member-secretary of the PADT said.
The PADT has urged all visitors not to wear valuable ornaments and not to bring small children with them on the day.
To provide mobile service, the PADT has asked Nepal Telecom and Ncell to keep B.T.M vans at the temple premises.
Security, health care service, drinking water, rest rooms and tent facilities are being managed at the temple premises.
This year, the PADT will not issue entry passes except for media persons, volunteers and regular devotees. To provide sound security, women security personnel will be deployed inside the main temple.
Closed Circuit (CC) cameras are being set up at the temple premises, core areas and outside the temple areas to closely observe the devotees’ movements and lines of devotees.
All activities taking place inside the temple premises will be displayed on a big screen being put up at the Gaushala junction.
Traffic movement through the temple area has been blocked. Vehicles have been banned from entering the temple areas.
Parking for VIPs will be managed at the Metropolitan Police Circle of Gaushala while the open space of Tilganga Eye Hospital, Siphal ground, open space of Guheshwori have been allocated for vehicles used by the devotees. The PADT premises have been set aside for the staff of government organs, PADT employees and the media.

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