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.
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.Follow @gorkhapost
Chhath begins from today
JANAKPURDHAM — The main ritual of the four-day Chhath festival formally begins from today (Sunday, Nov 11). The festival is observed from Kartik Shukla Chaturthi to Kartik Shukla Saptami as per the lunar calendar.
Those observing the festival dedicated to the Sun God, will pay reverence and make offerings to rising and setting sun.
The Chhath festival observed as common cultural symbol is celebrated as per religious tradition and much fanfare in lowland regions in southern parts of the country.
Sun which is considered as the god of energy and of life-force is worshiped during the Chhath festival to attain well-being, prosperity and progress.
Rituals of the festival include taking holy bath, fasting, standing and worshiping the sun for a long time and offering Prasad and Argha to the ‘rising and setting Sun” culture expert Ram Dayal Rakesh said.Follow @gorkhapost