KATHMANDU — Nepalis across the country and abroad are being observed Mata Tirtha Aunsi (Mother’s Day) today. Although it is a Hindu tradition, Mata Tirtha Aunsi, the Mother’s Day, is celebrated in the Nepali month of Baisakh every year by almost all communities in Nepal.
On Mata Tirtha Aunsi, Nepalis offer their mothers gifts and express gratitude toward them for giving birth and giving assurance.
According to a Hindu legend, a man walked through Mata Tirtha and saw his dead mother in the pond on Mata Tirtha Aunsi. Hindus also perform “Shradda” and make offering to the expired on this day.
Also according to a belief, a kid used to take his cows to feed close-by the pond. When he began eating his lunch a piece of the food fell in the pond. This incident repeated for long time with same style.
One day the kid peeped into the pond to discover what was going there. Shockingly, he saw his dead mother in the pond.
The kid wanted her mother to return home with him and asked her mother for that. But she said she was at that point dead and it is not possible at all. However, she said she would appear in the pond every year on Baishak Krishna Aushi (No-moon day of Baishak).
He started visiting to the lake and to see his mother on same day every year and several other started following him hoping to see their mothers too.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