Pashupati Area Development Trust has promulgated the PADT Working Procedure Regulations which has opened up doors for Nepalese priests as well to be chief of the Pashupati temple.
The Himalayan Times has quoted a PADT official as saying that candidate’s nationality is no bar for appointment as a priest in the new provision. However, the official has not made it clear whether he meant the priest can also be from countries other than Nepal and India.
The regulation has also specified selection procedure, qualification of candidates and remuneration applicable for the Bhattas and Bhandaris. For instance, candidates need to sit for written as well as practical examinations and should be between 30 and 45 years of age.
The regulation ends the priests’ monopoly over the donations made at the temple. Donations and offerings have to be deposited with the Trust. nepalnews.com ia May 15 09