After a couple of centuries long ridiculous custom of appointing indian pundit (aka Bhatta) as Pujaris of Pashupati Nath temple at the heart of Nepal, finally the King is out and elected representatives of Nepal decided to nominate Nepali pundits instead of Indian. That made perfect sense to me and I was cheering for those who made this decision. I was thinking that finally the govt is doing sth that we all can appreciate. But, not to my surprise, these Bhandaris who have been co-conspiring with Indian Bhattas for years and looitng properties of Pahupati Nath temple are on relay strike. We should give credit to their courage. If I were them, I would stay quiet and keep the property I have amassed for my generation to come and never return to the temple ever again. Please give me a break. Pashupati Nath is tired of them. Govt should start investiagtion and prosecute them. Even the ox in-front of the main gate does not want to see their faces any more. I remember when I was kid, these Bhandaris and Bhattas used to ignore people like me and give all attention to those who could give then 100’s of rupees in a silver plate. Access to the god should be eual to all – poor or rich, tall or short, male or female, Brahmin or Shudra, black or white. That was not the case at Pashupati during those Bhattas’ Raj. Hopefully that is over now. Let us wait and see.
The bad custums and practices must be left behind and recorded somewhere in the history book so that future genration can learn and can avoid kinds of mistake done in the past. Nepalese kings did not even consider Nepalis worthy of being chosen as Pujaris of Pashupati temple. What more we could expect from those short-sighted, narrow-minded and arrogant royals? Thanks god they are gone for good.