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India’s Assistance for Pashupatinath Temple

  • 17 Jun 2020
  • 2 min read

Why in News

  • Recently, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between India and Nepal for the construction of a sanitation facility at the Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu.

Key Points

  • The facility will be constructed under the Nepal-Bharat Maitri: Development Partnership as a high impact community development scheme by India.
  • Financial Assistance: India has pledged to extend financial assistance amounting to Rs. 2.33 crore.
  • Implemented by: Kathmandu Metropolitan City.
  • Norms and Completion: Norms to be laid out by the Government of Nepal and completion within 15 months.
  • Earlier in 2018, Nepal-Bharat Maitri Pashupati Dharmashala was also inaugurated in Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Significance: This initiative is another milestone in strengthening cultural ties and people-to-people contacts between the two countries.

Pashupatinath Temple

  • Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath is one of the most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Shiva.
  • It is the largest temple complex in Nepal and stretches on both sides of the Bagmati River.
  • Temples dedicated to several other Hindu and Buddhist deities surround the temple of Pashupatinath.
  • Only Hindus are allowed through the gates of the main temple.
  • It was conferred the status of a World Heritage Site in 1979 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Source : TH

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