» 07/16/2012, 00.00
Nepal, bus packed with Shiva pilgrims plunges into canal: 39 dead, 12 missing
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: 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".
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.
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."
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.
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.
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