Ajay Kumar Shah
Kathmandu: Chairman of Nepal Communist Party (NCP), Pushpa Kamal Dahal, inaugurated the Mithila circumambulation-the longest religious trek linking two-country shrines- by lifting the palanquin of Mithilabihari God on Sunday.
Dahal also showered flowers from the helicopter on the premises of Mithilabihari Temple here today. On the occasion, Chairman Dahal announced that a dharmashala would be built at the place where the circumambulation originates.
“I extend full support from my side to set up the dharmashala here which is a severe need.” He observed that the Mithila circumambulation is a grand festival for both Nepal and India, which contributes a lot to religious and cultural exchanges.
The Chairman reminded them that he had got an opportunity in his first tenure to assist in creating the way to go around the shrines. He also committed that he would provide support for the establishment of the Mithilabihari council.
The 15-day religious trekking conducted as part of the circumambulation is considered the longest religious trek in the world. The devotees and sages visit the religious shrines of Nepal and India wading 133km distance in two weeks.
Two main palanquins are carried from Kachuri matha of Mithilabihari, which then take rest at Hanumannagar of Dhanusha this night and leave for Kalyaneshwor of Bihar, India, tomorrow. The religious trek beginning immediately after the Shivaratri accompanies religious procession and hymns.
Mahantha at Janaki Temple of Janakpur, Tapeshwor Das, said the number of sages was however declined in recent years. Arrangement of basic needs including medicines is ensured by private and government offices for thousands of devotees and sages who join the procession in the circumambulation (RSS).
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