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Devotees throng Pashupati temple on first Monday of Shrawan

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KATHMANDU — Hindu devotees thronged the Pashupatinath Temple since dawn today to observe the first Monday in the holy month of Shrawan in Nepali calendar.

The entire month is considered to be the auspicious period to worship Lord Shiva with the belief that one’s wishes will get fulfilled by worshipping Lord Shiva throughout the month especially on Mondays.

Devotees were seen queuing up to offer worships and prayers to Lord Shiva from 2 am although the three doors of the temple were open at around 3:15 am, said Director of the Pashupati Area Development Trust Bhola Sitaula.

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More than 35000 devotees worshipped at the temple until 8 am today, he added. Meanwhile, Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli worshipped at the temple.

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Mother’s Day being observed today

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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.

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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.

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