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Modi offers Shodashopachara Pooja at Janaki temple

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Modi offers Shodashopachara Pooja at Janaki temple

JANAKPUR — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is here in Janakpur for two-day state visit to Nepal, has performed the Shodashopachara Pooja at Janaki temple in Janakpurdham.

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has received Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to offer prayers at the Janaki Temple.

This worship ceremony — with sixteen ritualistic services including tantric mantra recitation — is carried out only by special guests at the Janaki Temple.

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Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to hold such a worship at the temple. During the pooja ceremony, Indian PM Modi worshipped the idol of Hindu Goddess Sita along with the idols of Lord Ram, Laxman and Hanuman at Bivaha Mandap.

Prior to pooja, the worship ceremony was carried out by visiting Indian Presidents Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, Gyani Zail Singh and Pranab Mukherjee, according to the temple’s priest Ramatpeshwar Das Vaishnav.

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Nag Panchami today

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KATHMANDU — Hindus across the country are observing Nagh Panchami or Sukla Panchami festival on Thursday. The festival of Nag Panchami or the serpent deity festival is observed across the nation by pasting the pictures of Nag or the serpent deity above the main gate of the houses today.

Devotees from several areas would visit the Nagpokhari to worship the serpent deity. The pond, which is situated at Naxal, has been decorated for this day. The idol of the Nag is situated in the middle of this serpent pond.

There are many legends and folklore in Hindu mythology narrated to the importance of worship of snakes.

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Nag Panchami is celebrated on the fifth day of the moonlit-fortnight in the month of Saun (between July and August). This is the time when serpents invariably come out of their holes that often get inundated with rainwater to seek shelter. As such they pose a danger to the man.

The festival that falls in the rainy season is believed to counter the increased possibility of snake bites during this time.

A big fare is being organised at Changunarayan Temple, which lies a top of small hill of Bhaktapur. The temple is visited by a large crowed of devotees during the day.

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