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Chhath festival begins today

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JANAKPUR — The four-day Chhath festival, a religious and cultural festival of worshipping and offering homage to nature and the Sun God — observed as common cultural symbol of the Tarai, begins from Tuesday.

The festival starts on Kartik Shukla Chaturthi or the fourth day of the waning moon in the Nepali month of Kartik as per the lunar calendar. It usually falls between October and November in the Gregorian calendar.

The ritual of Chhat Parba includes taking holy bath, fasting, standing and worshiping sun for a long time and offering Prasad and Argha to “Rising and setting Sun”.

The Sun, considered as the god of energy and of the life-force, is worshiped during the Chhath festival to promote well-being, prosperity and progress.

As part of the main rituals of the festival, what is called the ‘arawa-arawaen’ ritual is observed on the first day today. This ritual is also called the “nahaya-khaya”.

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The second day’s ritual is called “kharana” and the third day ritual is observed by making offerings and praying to the setting sun while the Chhath festival is concluded the next day by making offerings and paying homage to the rising sun.

There is a belief that a person is blessed with health, happiness, prosperity, and offspring by praying and making offerings to the sun god during the Chhath festival. It is also believed that taking holy dips in rivers, lakes, and ponds during the Chhath also cures skin diseases.

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Massive fire destroys entire settlement at Madhuban in Sunsari





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ITAHARI — A massive fire that broke out at Ikrahi settlement at Baraha Kshetra Municipality-11 here Saturday night has destroyed goods and property worth more than Rs 6 million. However, no human casualties have been reported in the incident so far.

The fire gutted around 82 shelters with corrugated zinc and straw roofs in the settlement, said Kedar Bista, the Baraha Kshetra Municipality Ward No 11 Chairman.

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He said it is estimated that goods and property worth more than 6 million rupees have been destroyed.

According to him, the entire settlement was destroyed and some children were also injured by fire. Two cattle heads were killed in the incident. It is not known how and from whose house the fire started.

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