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Mata Tirtha Ausi being observed today

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KATHMANDU — Nepalis both home and abroad are observing the Mata Tirtha Aunsi or the Mother’s Day by showing respect and reverence to their mothers by offering gifts and various delicacies.

The day falls on the New Moon Day in the Nepali Month of Baisakh according to the lunar calendar. Living mothers are offered gifts consisting of delicacies while ritual offerings are made in the name of the deceased.

Offsprings in return receive the blessings from their mothers who are highly placed by our holy scriptures, according to Prof Dr Ramchandra Gautam, Chairman of the Nepal Calendar Determination Committee.

“The Hindu holy scriptures narrates that the mothers are 10 times revered than fathers,” shared Prof Dr Gautam, further illustrating that the holy scriptures extol mothers and place them higher above father, ancestors and mentors.

Every year this day, a big religious fair takes place at Matatirtha, a place to the western part of Kathmandu. Although a Hindu tradition, Buddhists also flock here to perform ‘Shradda’ for their departed mothers.

Mothers apart, mother-in-law, female mentor and aunties are also presented gifts on this occasion.

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Devotees throng Pashupatinath on Maha Shivaratri

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KATHMANDU — Devotees from various places of the country and neighboring India have thronged Pathupatinath Temple since early Tuesday morning to offer prayers on Maha Shivaratri.

All four doors of the temple were open at 3:15 for the devotees to pay homage to Lord Shiva, said director of the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) Bhola Sitaula.

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Arrangements have been made for the devotees to enter the main temple from three doors (a door in the south of Pingalasthan, another in the west of Jayabageshwori-Bhuvaneshwori, and the third from Mitrapark-Umakunda-Basuki), he said.

The devotees are supposed to exit from the same door they have entered, said another PADT official. Approximately 1.3 million devotees are estimated on the festival this year, he said.

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