Thursday, 3 November 2016
Preparations for the special pooja to be performed by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee at Pashupatinath temple are underway. Preparations have begun after information was received that President Mujherjee will be performing a special pooja of Pashupatinath on the morning of November 3, said member-secretary of the Pashupati Area Development Trust Dr Govinda Tandon. “President Mukherjee will be guided for the special pooja by the main priest Ganesh Bhatta while 22 Baidik Pandits will perform the Baidik Rudrabhishek,” he said. The Indian President will be welcomed by Dhime baja, Panche baja and other traditional music and sound following his entry to the Pashupati premises from Gaushala chowk. Gargi Kanya Gurukul students will be lining up on two sides of the path to receive the President, who will be welcomed with Swasti Bachan by 108 Batuks of Nepal Bed Bidhyashram upon his entry from the western main gate of the Pashupatinath temple. The area is being cleaned up and adorned with welcome gates for the special pooja. Security measures have been tightened considering the President’s visit, the Metropolitan Police Circle, Gaushala said. After completing the special pooja, the President will be signing the visitor’s book and will also receive a token of love as a gift from the PADT. This will be a first visit by the Indian President to the Pashupatinath Temple after a span of 18 years. Prior to this, then President K.R. Narayanan had visited the temple. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had paid obeisance along with a special pooja at the temple in August 2014. The Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu is one of the most revered pilgrimage sites for Hindus around the world. RSS
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.