Worshippers throng Taleju Bhawani Temple on Maha Nawami

KATHMANDU: The Taleju Bhawani Temple at Hanumandhoka in Kathmandu Durbar Square has been opened to the public today on the occasion of Maha Nawami, the ninth day of the 10-day Badadashain festival.

As the temple of goddess Taleju Bhawani is opened for general public only on the day of Maha Nawami, a large number of worshippers have been thronging the temple since early morning.

Representatives from the Hanumandhoka Herchaha Adda and volunteers have been managing the crowd of the devotees, which is expected to surpass the strength of 80,000.

According to a local social worker Ramesh Man Munika, it is believed the worshippers on this day are blessed with peace, prosperity and happiness.

Meanwhile, a total of 54 male goats and buffaloes in same number were sacrificed on the premises of the three-storey temple last night on the occasion of Maha Ashtami, the eighth day of the festival, aka Kal Ratri, according to HHA Chief Saraswati Singh.