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Gai Tihar, Laxmi Puja being observed today

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KATHMANDU — On the third day of the Yamapanchak, Gai Tihar and Laxmi Puja or worship to the Goddess of wealth is being celebrated with various religious rituals throughout the country in accordance with time honored tradition.

Gai (cow) is worshiped in the morning while Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth, is being worshiped in every household in the evening wishing for prosperity to mark the third day of the five-day Tihar festival — also known as the festival of lights — by lighting butter lamps and candles inside and outside of the households to light up the path of Goddess Laxmi in order to welcome her.

All the nooks and corners of the house are illuminated with colorful and decorative lights this evening in the belief that Goddess Laxmi does not visit places that are not properly illuminated, and so to please Goddess Laxmi, people light lamps and spend the whole night in vigil.

After the rituals, women of every household beat the Nanglo (a large straw woven plate) and enter the house from the courtyard to appease the Goddess and by wishing prosperity to enter their homes.

As per the scriptures Sri Sukta hymn is recited after worshiping Laxmi and a coconut, which is a favorite of the Goddess, is offered to her as it is believed this ritual ushers in prosperity.

The night of Laxmi Puja is also a start to the cultural programmes like ‘Deusi’ and ‘Bhailo’, where people, said to be sent by the king Bali, visit different homes singing and dancing for the prosperity.

Girls in groups visit door-to-door in settlements singing the Bhailo songs and the house-owners offer gifts of Selroti, rice grains and money to them.

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Petroleum products’ prices go down

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KATHMANDU- The Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) has slashed the prices of petroleum products effective this midnight.

A meeting of the NOC held today reduced the prices of petrol, diesel and kerosene by Rs 2 per litre each. With the adjusted price list, petrol shall cost Rs 112 per litre while diesel and kerosene will be available at Rs 99 per litre, NOC spokesperson Birendra Goit shared.

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