JANAKPURDHAN — The worshippers have concluded the Chhath, a grand festival of good will and faith, by making offerings argha to the rising Sun this morning.
The four-day festival starts from Kartik Shukala Chaturthi by worshipping setting Sun and concludes on Kartik Shukla Saptami as per the lunar calendar by making offerings argha to the rising Sun.
The revelers had made offerings to the Sun with the grains produced in their fields and home-made delicious foods on the banks of different ponds including Sarobar Gangasagar, Dhanushsagar and Argaja.
Main message of the Chhath festival is coordination, inclusion and sanctity The festival is a collective resolution made under the leadership of women for the welfare of society and family. This is the crucial aspect of the festival.
The Sun considered as the god of energy and of the life-force, was worshiped during the Chhath festival to promote well-being, prosperity and progress as per the time-honoured tradition.
The ritual of Chhath Parba includes taking holy bath, fasting, standing and worshiping the sun for a long time and offering Prasad and Argha to the ‘Rising and setting Sun”.
The Chhath festival has been observed as common cultural symbol of the Tarai.Follow @gorkhapost
Mother’s Day being observed today
KATHMANDU — ‘Aamaako Mukha Herne Dia’ or Mother’s Day also known as Matatirtha Aunsi, is being observed across the country on Monday.
Matatirtha Aunsi is marked as the Mother’s Day by Nepali Hindus on the new moon that falls in the month of Baisakh as per the lunar calendar and every year devotees throng the religious site — Matatirtha temple at Chandragiri Municipality in Kathmandu — for a holy dip and paying homage to the deities there.
People from the Valley and different parts of the country reached Mata Tirtha Pond, famous religious place on the western outskirts of Kathmandu to remember their deceased mothers.
It is believed that those who take a holy bath in Mata Tirtha and offers tarpan today helps his/her mother get salvation and also bring prosperity in family.
There is a legend that a man who walked through Mata Tirtha saw his dead mother in the pond on the day of Mata Tirtha Aunsi and since then people started going in the place. It is also believed that people can see the reflection of their mother’s face in Matatirtha pond on this day.
Major places in the Kathmandu Valley witnessed increasing footfalls with people shopping for sweets, fruits and gifts to present to their mothers since this morning.
This day is celebrated to honor the mother and motherhood. On this day, people offer sweets, clothes, and other gift items to their mother.Follow @gorkhapost