Special Modi offerings at Pashupati
Jul 29, 2014-
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will perform a “special puja” at the Pashupatinath temple on August 4 during his two-day official visit. As listed in his itinerary, Modi will visit the temple to offer a prayer to Lord Shiva on a Monday of the holy month of Shrawan.
Temple authorities have no idea which of the special pujas Modi is set to perform, said Gobinda Tandon, member secretary of the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT).
The temple provisions pilgrims to make special offerings ranging from Rs 1100 to Rs 2.5 million. Last week, during her official visit, Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj made a special offering of Rs 5,500. The temple offers special pujas for interested individuals besides the regular ‘nitya puja’ every day and ‘nainitik puja’ on special occasions. Among the few popular special pujas are Panchamrit and the one conducted by 11 priests.
Modi will be among the high-profile pilgrims at Pashupatinath temple. In the past, the shrine has received Indian dignitaries like R Venkataraman, IK Gujral, PB Narsingha Rao and Jaswant Singh.
Shrawan is considered as the month of Lord Shiva and Modi choosing a Monday in the month for his visit makes it more special. Modi will make his offerings in the presence of the chief priest of the shrine. “According to the information we have received, the premier will visit the temple in the morning for half an hour,” said Tandon.
As part of the preparations to welcome Modi, the temple premises are undergoing a makeover such as decorations at within the temple and its surroundings and painting of the major route leading to the shrine. An army of workers are busy cleaning the premises.
“It’s the Indian prime minister’s visit. We have got to make some special preparations. The rest is routine work,” said Tandon.
Modi, who is landing in Kathmandu on a chartered flight, will also bring along a number of priests. “We have been informed that around 30 priests from India will be visiting. They will not be involved in the puja but will sing hymns of Vedas together with the Nepali priests at the welcome ceremony,” said Tandon. The students of Ved Vidhyashram have been assigned to chant richas on the occasion.
Published: 30-07-2014 09:06