Monday, February 27, 2006

Hundreds puff marijuana to mark festival

The Hindu News Update Service

Kathmandu, Feb. 27 (AP): Hundreds of Hindu holy men, devotees and tourists smoked marijuana near a temple in Nepal's capital on Sunday as part of festival celebrating the Hindu god Shiva.

Though possession and use of marijuana is illegal in Nepal, smoking cannabis is tolerated during the annual festival.

Ash-smeared holy men wearing loin cloths shared marijuana cigarettes with locals, and even some tourists, in a forested area near Pashupatinath temple, on the eastern edge of Kathmandu.

More than 150,000 devotees were expected today to visit the temple, one of the holiest shrines for Hindus.


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