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
Devotees throng in Hindu shrines to observe Bala Chaturdashi
KATHMANDU- Thousands of Hindu devotees from across the country have thronged in Pashupatinath temple and some other Hindu shrines from early morning today to pay homage to their near and dear ones, who died over the last one year, on the occasion of Bala Chaturdashi.
Families of those deceased sow the Satbeej (many different seeds) and lit lights praying for eternal peace to the deceased on this day.
In Pashupati, the devotees have observed penance the whole night from the last night and have taken the holy dips this morning to sow the seeds.
The holy seeds of paddy, maize, wheat, barley and others are sown at Kailash, Gaurighat, Aryaghat, and Guheswori of Pashupati area, and Panchase, Galeshwor and Lord Shiva’s shrines across the country in Bala Chaturdashi that falls on Marga Krishna Chaturdashi.
As per the Hindu mythology, one’s ancestors will rest in heaven if such seeds are sown in the shrines of the Lord Shiva after lighting the lamps in their memory on the night of Marga Krishna Trayodashi.
In order to assist the devotees, the Pashupati Area Development Trust has arranged tents and other basic facilities, according to Trust’s Member Secretary Dr Pradeep Dhakal.Follow @gorkhapost