KATHMANDU — Hindus across the country are observing the Haribodhini Ekadashi, a religious ritual dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the god responsible for upkeep and sustaining life on Earth today.
Devotees pay obeisance to Lord Vishnu on this day by observing fast and taking holy dips at rivers and ponds since early in the morning.
Hindu people believe that one, who fasts on this day and worships Vishnu, gets blessings. Haribodhini Ekadashi is considered an important festival as on this day, Vishnu awakens from his monsoon month’s slumber.
A wedding of tulasi (basil) planted in Ashadh Shukla Ekadashi is organised tomorrow. Devotees will visit several Vishnu temples across the country.
Thousands of visitors visit four Narayan temples in Kathmandu Valley — Changu Narayan of Bhaktapur, Bishankhu Narayan of Lalitpur, Sesh Narayan and Ichangu Narayan of Kathmandu districts to worship the god and observe the festival.Follow @gorkhapost
Mother’s Day being observed today
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.
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.Follow @gorkhapost