KATHMANDU, NEPAL, February 18, 2023 (Ommcom News): Thousands of Hindu devotees including hundreds of sadhus from India have thronged the revered Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu on Saturday to celebrate Mahashivaratri. Around 1.6 million devotees are expected to visit the Pashupati today, officials said here. Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari and high-ranking officials are scheduled to visit Pashupatinath today to offer worship to Lord Shiva.

Gauri Shankar Parajuli, a senior official at the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT), said that Jagadguru Nischalananda Shankaracharya of the Purvamnaya Sri Govardhana Peetham of Puri, Odisha, is in Pashupatinath for the first time to celebrate Maha Shivaratri. He is scheduled to deliver a lecture on Vedic knowledge and culture at the holy Pashupatinath Temple premises located on the bank of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu. Amidst a function, Shankaracharya will unveil the statue of Adi Shankaracharya at the Shankaracharya Math, which was reconstructed after the 2015 earthquake. He is also scheduled to interact with Nepali Vedic scholars from various universities. According to the PADT, which oversees the management of Pashupatinath Temple, around 1,100 sadhus have arrived from India.