22 September 2017
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  •    - Afghanistan
  •    - Bangladesh
  •    - Bhutan
  •    - India
  •    - Nepal
  •    - Pakistan
  •    - Sri Lanka
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia


  • » 07/16/2012, 00.00

    NEPAL

    Nepal, bus packed with Shiva pilgrims plunges into canal: 39 dead, 12 missing

    Kalpit Parajuli

    The incident occurred in Nawalparasi district, 150 km west of Kathmandu. The vehicle carrying a group of Indian pilgrims for Triveni Maharajgunj, the feast in honor of the god Shiva. The bus went off the road because of heavy monsoon rains and overcrowding.

    Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - A bus carrying about 120 Hindu pilgrims crashed into a canal in Nawalparasi district (Western Nepal) 150 km west of Kathmandu. The partial toll is 39 dead and 12 missing. The incident occurred yesterday. Of the 39 victims, 37 were Indians. To facilitate relief operations, the authorities have drained the canal, which had risen due to heavy rains.

    The 120 pilgrims, most from the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, were headed to Trivenidham to participate in the Triveni Maharajgunj, a traditional festival in honor of Shiva.

    According to initial reports, the accident was caused by uneven and slippery roads worsened by strong monsoon rains. When approaching a curve, the driver, perhaps drunk, lost control of the vehicle, causing it to crash into the canal. Most victims died from drowning.

    Gyan Bikkram Shah, head of Nawalparasi police, points out that the bus was overcrowded. Some passengers were traveling on the roof of the vehicle. In Nepal, public transport is often overcrowded and road accidents on mountain roads are very common. Last October, a bus carrying more than 100 people lost control crashing into a river in eastern Nepal. About 40 people were killed on impact.

     

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    26/02/2014 NEPAL
    Kathmandu: the invasion of naked holy men sparks protests among residents
    About 500 naked 'babas,' orthodox followers of the Hindu god Shiva, are in the Nepali capital to celebrate Mahashivaratri, the deity's birthday. However, their nudity, drug use and harassing demands for money have made the situation unbearable for residents. The government counters by saying that "the traditional practice has gone on for centuries," pledging "to intervene, if they exaggerate".

    04/09/2009 NEPAL
    Maoists against police as clashes and arrests take place over the Hindu temple of Pashupati
    More than two thousands demonstrators protest against the decision to put Indian monks in charge of an important temple. According to the protesters, the “government has insulted Nepalis by appointing Indian priests.” The authorities dismiss the complaints, saying they will not go back on their decision, which respects a century-old tradition.

    04/03/2011 NEPAL
    Poor Hindu protest ten euro to pay homage to Shiva
    Over 500 thousand Hindu pilgrims remain outside the temple, waiting up to eight hours in a queue. The cost of the ticket, allows rich tourists to jump the queue. In the clashes over a hundred wounded and dozens of arrests. Hindu pilgrims: "The demand for money to enter the temple is an insult to people's devotion."

    24/08/2009 NEPAL
    Nepali women fast for Shiva and for their dignity
    From August 22 to 24 thousands of women celebrate the annual festival of Teej and pray for their husbands. The gesture, made by wives and girlfriends is also an opportunity to highlight women's rights often violated behind closed doors.

    17/02/2015 NEPAL
    Mobile phones given to naked 'Naga Baba' to spread messages of secularism and tolerance
    Naked Hindu holy men gather in the name of the god Shiva. A million pilgrims are expected at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. The naked sadhus will make Nepali temples famous. Last year, they were asked to protest against secularism; this year, they will do the opposite.



    Editor's choices

    JAPAN - VATICAN
    Archbishop Kikuchi: In tune with the Pope and Card. Filoni for mission in Japan

    Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi

    The bishop of Niigata and President of Caritas Japan comments on yesterday’s papal message sent to the bishops of Japan. The journey stages of Card. Filoni, which will also touch Fukushima. The question of the relationship with the Neocatechumenal Way is still "unresolved".


    VATICAN - JAPAN
    Pope to Japanese Bishops: Be the salt and light of society, even going against the trends



    During the pastoral visit of Card. Fernando Filoni, Prefect of Propaganda Fide, to the Land of the Rising Sun, Pope Francis urges the bishops and the Japanese Church to renew their missionary commitment to society, marked by suicides, divorces, religious formalism, material and spiritual poverty. The request to collaborate with ecclesial movements, perhaps in memory of the controversy with the Neocatechumenal Way.


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®