Chapter 8

NCERT
Class 9
English
Solutions
1. Compare and contrast the atmosphere in and around the Baudhnath shrine with the Pashupatinath temple.

Question:

III. Answer the following questions in not more than 100–150 words each :

Compare and contrast the atmosphere in and around the Baudhnath shrine with the Pashupatinath temple.

Answer:

The atmosphere around the Baudhnath temple is calm and quiet. The temple has a huge white dome with an outer ring road. The place is relaxing as there are no noises or crowd around. On the contrary, the atmosphere at the Pashupatinath temple is chaotic. There is a lot of confusion and noise as tourists, pilgrims, priests and animals roam around. As the Pashupatinath temple is restricted to Hindus only, foreigners dressed as saints can be seen arguing with the guards to get entry. A rush of people can be seen elbowing each other to gain entry. One can see monkeys fighting and climbing on the shivalinga in the temple. There is a lot of activity going on near the holy river Bagmati that flows near the temple.

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