KATHMANDU — The Ram Nawami festival, the birthday of Hindu Lord Ram, the incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu,is being celebrated across the country today.
Rhe Ram Nawami is celebrated in the ninth day of the Nepali month Chaitra on Shukla Paksha or the period of waxing moon in the Lunar calendar, in commemoration of the birth of Lord Ram, according to religious scholar Prof Dr Ramchandra Gautam.
On this day, thousands of devotees throng to the Ram Janaki Temple in Janakpur for grand celebrations. The event is marked by a huge procession of elephants and bullock carts with devotees dancing, singing and reciting the glorious stories of the lord.
Likewise, in Kathmandu and neighboring Bhaktapur, devotees observe a fast and visit various temples of Sri Ram and Vishnu, including the famous Changu Narayan, Ichangu Narayan, Bichangu Narayan and Budhanilkantha temples throughout the day.
While many believe that on this day, Lord Ram was born in Ayodhya, many others believe that since Lord Ram was the himself the ‘divine incarnation’ of Vishnu, he descended from his heavenly abode and made an appearance in Ayodhya as a new born baby.
Lord Ram, who was born to the then King of Ayodhya, Dashrath and his first queen Kaushalyawati, is considered the seventh incarnation of God Bisnhu.
Lord Ram is revered by Hindus across the world as the epitome of strength, valor, compassion, purity, serenity and wisdom, and is worshipped with a deep faith and belief.
As per the Hindu mythology, it was God Ram who triumphed over Ravana, the then King of Lanka, a symbol of demonic and evil powers, and established peace and harmony in the society.Follow @gorkhapost
FNNTEA starts pre-booking from today
KATHMANDU—The federation of Nepalese National Transport Entrepreneurs Association (FNNTEA) has opened the annual pre-Dashain booking from today. The transportation entrepreneurs opened advance booking after the government agreed to increase public transport fares by 10 percent on Saturday.
The advance booking for bus tickets had remained uncertain because the transport operators associated with the FNNTEA had been demanding the government to unfreeze their bank accounts and adjust the fares in view of rising fuel prices.
Though they said that the booking would be opened from 21 September, the transport operator associated with FNNTEA did not take any booking till yesterday. Only the private transportation companies started pre-booking from 21 September.Follow @gorkhapost