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Harishayani Ekadashi today

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KATHMANDU — Devotees of Hindu faith are observing Harishayani Ekadashi in the country today.

They also observe one of the most significant fasts on this Day dedicated to Lord Vishnu, regarded as the creator of the universe.

Ekadashi or the eleventh lunar day of shukla paksha or the bright fortnight of the month of Ashar is marked by rituals as worshipping Lord Bishnu, reciting Holy Scriptures relating to Lord Bishnu, singing Lord Bishnu-oriented hymns among others.

The Day also marks the commencement of Chaturmas, the holy period of four months from month of Ashar and Kartik in the Lunar calendar when Lord Bishnu goes to sleep on cosmic ocean of milk, Ksheer Sagar, on Sesh Naag until Hari Bodhini Ekadashi.

As the Hindu belief suggests, he wakes up to Prabodhini Ekadashi.

Nepal Calendar Determination Committee Prof Dr Ram Chandra Gautam told RSS that the basil saplings are planted on this day and worshipped ritualistically for next four months.

It is believed that by worshiping the oxygen-rich plant basil, the Lord Bishnu grants his devotees their wishes.

Of the total 24 Ekadashi in the lunar calendar in a year, the Ekadashi in month of Asar and Kartik are the most significant ones, shared Dr Gautam.

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Girl raped in Mahottari

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GAUSHALA — A 13-year-old girl of Aurahi Municipality in Mahottari district has been raped on Sunday evening.

Police Inspector at Gaushala-based Area Police Office, Bhola Bhatta, said that two local youths — Rakesh Sada and Ritik Sada, both 15 years of age — allegedly raped the girl when she had gone to wash utensils at a nearby rivulet.

Police have arrested Ritik while Rakesh has been absconding after the incident.

Meanwhile, necessary investigation into the case is underway, said police.

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