First Pashupatinath fair to be held on March

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The first Pashupatinath fair is to be held from March 14 to 20 on the premises of Pashupatinath temple.

“The fair is being organised for the first time to promote tourism,” said Kedar Man Bhandari, coordinator of Pashupatinath fair organising committee.

Organising a press meet, Bhandari said, “By organising the fair on the occasion of Pachare Jatra, we not only aim to promote tourism but also our culture and tradition.”

Pachare Jatra that starts from Pashupatinath temple marks the beginning of various jatras observed in Kathmandu Valley. The
festival is being organised so that people can enjoy various jatras and rituals performed in the valley.

“Preparations for the fair are under way and we have started renovating temples in Pashupatinath temple complex. For the promotion of the fair, we are planning to set up 56 welcome gates at all entry points of Kathmandu Valley and digital welcome gates and information desks will be set up at all gates of Pashupatinath temple,” he said, adding that construction of statues of Lord Shiva and Parbati for the festival was under way on the premises of the temple.