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Mother’s Day being observed today

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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.

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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.

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Sindur Jatra marked in Thimi

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BHAKTAPUR — Locals of Madhyapur Thimi in Bhaktapur district have marked the Sindur Jatra festival on Sunday.

The festival is celebrated every year on second day of Nepali Baishakh month as part of Bisket Jatra observed by people from Newar community in the district.

During the festival, devotees gather and take out a procession carrying 32 chariots containing the idols of several gods and goddesses.

On the occasion, people smear each other with sindur (orange vermillion powder) and sing and dance to the tune of traditional music during the procession.

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Meanwhile, Buddha Krishna Bagha Shrestha has pierced his tongue for the consecutive sixth time in front of a huge crowd of participants observing Bisket Jatra at Bode in Madhyapur Thimi.

Buddha Krishna, a local of Bode, got his tongue pierced at Bode Higher Secondary School near Layaku Chowk amid a rapturous applause this afternoon.

As per the tradition, only a male person belonging to the Shrestha clan and native of Bode is required to get his tongue pierced as part of the tongue-piercing ritual that is observed in Bode during Bisket Jatra. It is considered an expensive ritual for the person as he is required to organize the community feast himself bearing all the expenses.

The 45-year-old Buddha Krishna came forward to rescue the tradition after it appeared that the annual tongue-piercing ritual itself was on the verge of stopping for the person who had been continuing this tradition.

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