Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Bhimeshwor kshamapooja at behest of PMO, not palace

Bhimeshwor kshamapooja at behest of PMO, not palace

Himalayan News Service
Charikot, May 22:

The local administration on the instructions of the Prime Minister’s Office offered kshamapooja this morning at the Bhimeshwor temple in Dolakha district where an idol was found sweating last week. The prayers were offered to “ward off disaster in the country.” Chief District Officer Uddhav Bahadur Thapa said instead of sending the cotton used to wipe off the sweat to the royal palace, as had been the tradition, cotton piece was sent to the PMO, he added.
Two goats were sacrificed before the “sweating” idol and the prasad would be sent to the PMO, CDO Thapa added. According to the temple priest, the Bhimeshwor temple idol “sweated” twice on Saturday night. The sweating of the idol is considered a bad omen.
Earlier, the kshamapooja used to be performed at the behest of the royal palace.
It is believed that the person carrying the cotton to the capital achieves his desired goals. The Dolakha locals also joined the prayers.

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