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Sindur Jatra observed in Thimi

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BHAKTAPUR — Locals of Thimi, an ancient city situated in the outskirts of Khatmandu, spread themselves with Sindur (vermillion powder) and celebrated the Sindoor Jatra Festival on Thursday.

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

The festival welcomes the Nepali New Year and imprints the landing of spring season.

During the festival chariots containing the images of various gods and goddesses are carried across the city by dancing devotees.

Sindur Jatra observed in Thimi

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Devotees throng Pashupatinath on Maha Shivaratri

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KATHMANDU — Devotees from various places of the country and neighboring India have thronged Pathupatinath Temple since early Tuesday morning to offer prayers on Maha Shivaratri.

All four doors of the temple were open at 3:15 for the devotees to pay homage to Lord Shiva, said director of the Pashupati Area Development Trust (PADT) Bhola Sitaula.

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Arrangements have been made for the devotees to enter the main temple from three doors (a door in the south of Pingalasthan, another in the west of Jayabageshwori-Bhuvaneshwori, and the third from Mitrapark-Umakunda-Basuki), he said.

The devotees are supposed to exit from the same door they have entered, said another PADT official. Approximately 1.3 million devotees are estimated on the festival this year, he said.

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