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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”.

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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Girl raped in Mahottari

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GAUSHALA — A 13-year-old girl of Aurahi Municipality in Mahottari district has been raped on Sunday evening.

Police Inspector at Gaushala-based Area Police Office, Bhola Bhatta, said that two local youths — Rakesh Sada and Ritik Sada, both 15 years of age — allegedly raped the girl when she had gone to wash utensils at a nearby rivulet.

Police have arrested Ritik while Rakesh has been absconding after the incident.

Meanwhile, necessary investigation into the case is underway, said police.

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