KATHMANDU: A former priest at Budanilkantha temple—a shrine of 5 meter tall sleeping Vishnu located about 8km northeast of Kathmandu—has accused the temple administration of indulging in corruption while appointing the priest.
The ex-priest Paramathma Nepal has expressed his stern dissatisfaction against the administrator Baliram Shah Teli for picking up an inexperienced man Nigmananda Giri as the new priest of the temple by accepting Rs.1, 000,000 as the bribe.
“I have worked as the head priest time and again for past 12 years but temple administrator Baliram Shah Teli not only demanded me to pay him Rs 1,000,000 to be reappointed as the priest but only threatened to kill me after I smelled rat on his evil intention,” said Nepal organizing a press conference in the capital on Thursday.
"The immoral and illegitimate bond between Giri and Teli is oriented to polish off the priceless ornaments and incomes of the temple."
According to Nepal, temple’s daily income during festivals is Rs. 0.1 million.