Tension mounts in Nepal – Lord Pashupatinath’s land encroached by Christians for Cemetary

· Date:April 6, 2011

Kathmandu: Tension is mounting between Sanathan Dharmis and Christians , Over Christian demand for burial ground in encroached land belonging to highly revered Pashupatinath temple.

On March 13, Chari Bahadur Gahatraj, a Protestant pastor and an influential member of the community, filed a writ with fellow Christian Man Bahadur Khatri, asking the apex court to halt the Pashupatinath Area Development Trust ‘s activities in the land , encroached by them.
Hindu activist Bharat Jangam filed a counter petition, saying non-Hindus should not be allowed to encroach on Hindu land.

“The forest is considered sacred by Hindus and is used by them to make offerings to their ancestors,” Jangam reports Times of India. ” If the Christians want a burial land, they should go to the government, not encroach on the land of a Hindu shrine that is also a Unesco-declared World Heritage site.”

The minuscule Catholic community has distanced itself from the protests, saying they had no objection to cremation, which was being followed even in the west. Nepal’s first Catholic bishop Anthony Sharma said Nepal being a tiny country, land was at a premium. When the living themselves did not have adequate land, there could be no objection to cremating the dead.

While Nepal’s minority Christian community continue to protest demanding burial grounds in the country, an already threatened local religious communities with the increasing activities of Christians since the declaration of the country as a secular state, have too become restive.
Reports have it that Hindu, Buddhists, Jain, Sikhs and Kirat religious groups, believers, and priests have jointly constituted ‘Maha Mandaleshwor National Religious Awareness Assembly’. The Assembly has demanded that to protect Nepal’s unique identity the country must be declared ‘Sanatan Hindu Nation.’ 

“We are not targeting any religious group as such, it is in the larger interest of the nation and people”, Assembly coordinator Shankar Pandey declared.  “To preserve Nepal’s unique identity, our nationalism and territorial integrity we are organizing several programs”. On April 9, 2011, a Motorbike rally will be organized in several parts of the capital that will merge at Bankali of Pashupatinath temple. Similarly, April 14, 15, 16, a meeting will be held between various religious groups at Bankali.

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  1. indian Reply

    April 7, 2011 at 6:44 am

    think for future generation also
    As a hindu i have one point to be stated , according to hindu concept of cremation. this is the best way for respectful splitng the body made pangabhootam back to its orginal state of pangabhootam . This method was very scientifically made by our gurus and saints taking into consideration about the welfare of the coming generation. In the system of burial of deady body in soil , it will decay and gradually mix in the underwater strem and slowly comes into the water we dring also .As per latest studies this kind of mixing of decaying dead body is also certain reasons for deadly disease ,so if any body can please aware the persons who follow this system to rethink about this matter , in this case the persons who follow this system of burial of deadbody is also the victim of these problems . So for the benifit of you and your coming generations please try to follow this cremation method ” Loka samastha sukuno bhavandu ” 5

  2. k.v.raghavan Reply

    April 7, 2011 at 11:39 pm

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  3. GSK Menon Reply

    April 10, 2011 at 1:45 am

    Tension mounts in Nepal
    Nepal never ever in its history had any communal problem. The day the Maoists foolishly adopted “secularism”, the desert religions rushed in to set up camps and begin conversions. Nepal will start seeing communal violence inspired by evangelical gangs just like in Kandhmal. Some Kerala Achayan will proclaim himself as the Arch bishop of Kathmandu, start vote banks, demand minority rights, reservations and all such nonsense. Nepal will become another India. 5

  4. J George Reply

    April 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm

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