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
Budhi Polne Parba being observed in Far West
DADHELDHURA — The Budhi Polne Parba — a religious festival– is being observed with fervor in various districts in the Far West of the country today.
The day falls on the first day of Nepali month of Ashwin, when, as the legend goes, Lord Krishna killed demon Budhi aka Rakshashni Putana. Her effigy is burnt today as a commemoration of victory of righteousness over evil and ill.
The cow herder friends of Lord Krishna burnt the corpse of Putana on this day, according to Priest Krishna Dutta Ojha.
Demon Putana used to kill the children by breastfeeding them her milk laced with poison. The effigy of Putana, on this day, is attached with the trunk of the tree, preferably the pine, and is burnt in the evening.
Also, on this day, the devotees eat cucumber and partake in a ritual bath called luto phalne (washing away the scabies and skin diseases).
The ashes of the effigy of Putana is then put on the domestic animals. In doing so, it is believed, that the livestock would never contract any diseases. Culture programmes as Deuda and Bhuwa also held at night.Follow @gorkhapost