KATHMANDU — The Nepali New Year is being marked across the country today by exchanging greetings.
Also called as Mesh Sankranti or Baishakh Sankranti, the Sun enters into the Aries from the Pisces. This is the day to plan every people for future with firm determinations by evaluating the success and failure stories of the past.
Panchanga based on traditional Hindu and Vedic astrological tabulation forecasts celestial phenomena such as solar eclipses. The Bikram Sambat is 57 years 8 month and 15 days ahead of the Gregorian Calendar.
As per the mythology, Bikram Sambat is believed to have been started by King Bikramaditya.
People visit various temples, start new works, make new resolutions and exchange greetings on the New Year’s Day.
Meanwhile, President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun have wished peace, prosperity, longevity and happiness to all Nepalis on the occasion of the New Year 2075 BS.
Giving a best wishes message on Saturday, President Bhandari said the year 2074 remained historic in Nepali politics by conducting successfully the elections of all three levels for the implementation of the new Constitution.
With this, the country has caught the track of democratic system and prosperity, she said, expressing hope that Nepal would make headway to self-reliant socialism oriented economic system.
She admired the unprecedented achievement that women’s representation in the governments was significant, which would help social equality and economic prosperity.
Likewise, Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun has wished good health, peace and progress to all Nepalis living in the country and abroad on the occasion.
He hoped that the New Year would bring more prosperity, political stability and progress.Follow @gorkhapost
Indra Jatra begins
KATHMANDU — Indra Jatra, known as the biggest festival of the Kathmandu Valley, formally began on Friday with the erection of a wooden ceremonial pole (lingo) and the fluttering of a flag named after the Hindu God Indra at Hanumandhoka.
Indra Jatra, one of the biggest festivals of the Newar community, is dedicated to the god of rain and king of heaven, Indra and celebrated for eight days.
The festival formally begins with the erection of a lingo (sacred wooden pole) at Hanumandhoka in Basantapur Darbar Square.
During the celebrations, Lakhe dances are performed on the streets of Kathmandu. The dance is one of the most popular dances of Nepal with performers wearing Lakhe costume and masks.
There are various mythical stories related to the festival. One such popular story is about Indra who came down to earth to get a special flower parijat and Karkalo (taro) for his mother, who was fasting and worshiping Goddess Basundharadevi.
Upon landing in the Kathmandu Valley, Indra is said to have intruded into a garden to pluck the special flower for his mother. But when the the garden owner found this out, he used Tantrik powers to capture Indra and tied him with ropes in public for humiliation.
Knowing her son is tied up, Indra’s mother came down to the earth and promised the garden owner that she’d provide rain for a better harvest in return for her son.Follow @gorkhapost