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Update: Sacked Indian priests were temporarily reinstated after week-long protests by Hindus.
The new government that came to power after the pro-democracy movement ousted the king and queen from the temple management.
Soon after that, the Satnamis, a sect that worship Hindu god Vishnu, began a movement to scrap the old tradition of employing Indian priests.
Finally, heeding the growing demand, the three Indian priests handed over their resignations on December 29, 2008.
Mahabaleshwar Bhatt, the main priest and custodian of the deity, and his aides P. Ram Chandra and Krishna Yog Bhatt's resignations have been accepted and two Nepali priests appointed in their place.
Bishnu Prasad Dahal, a PhD in Sanskrit from Nuwakot district, and Shalik Ram Dhakal, also a Sanskrit scholar from Sindhupalchowk, became the first Nepali priests who will shoulder the responsibility of worshipping the deity from next month.