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Teej festival being observed today

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KATHMANDU — Hindu women are celebrating the Haritalika Teej festival throughout the country on Wednesday(12 Sept).

On the occasion, majority of the married women fast throughout the day and perform rituals for longevity and good health of their husband. Many of the women refrain themselves even from water.

Women fast and wish for a prosperous life of their spouse on this festival which falls on the third dark day of the lunar month according to Nepali month Bhadra.

A day before ‘Teej’ women rejoice with various delicious dishes known as ‘Dar’ and fast on the next day as per the tradition.

The three day festivity begins with ‘Dar’ on the second day of the fortnight in the month of Bhadra and is marked with fasting and cultural programs next day.

Women on this day take ritual baths in the morning and offer worship while in the evening. Clad in red, the devotees visit Shiva temples. They pay homage to Lord Shiva, light lamps and spend the night awake.

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Both married and unmarried women perform various ‘pujas’ (worships) and observe fasting, praying for fulfillment of their wish for a happy and prosperous conjugal life.

The festivity comes to an end on the fifth day of fortnight after worshiping the legendary ‘Saptarishi’ (seven sages).

This unique festival of Nepali women is also a celebration of sisterhood as sisters gather at natal home and indulge in jubilant dancing and singing.

The legend has it that Parbati, the daughter of Himalayas, was on her maiden fast, wishing for the health and the well being of her spouse, Lord Shiva. Since then the same day has been recognized as the Haritalika Teej.

Married women put on bangles, ‘Pote’ (a necklace made of glass beads), ‘Tilahari’ and ‘Sindur’ (crimson powder) considered the symbols of good luck and dress themselves up in red saris or other red outfits and adorn themselves with different kinds of ornaments.

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Tripurasundari Jatra begins

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BAITADI— A cultural and religious festival has kicked off in famous Tripurasundari Bhagawati Temple of Baitadi district from today.

It is believed that the devotees’ wishes come true after worshiping in the temple.

Chairman of the Festival Management Committee, Ganesh Singh Thapa said that liquor intake is prohibited and other measures have been applied to make the festival managed and decent.

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The festival is popularly known as Karkit Jat and is organized annually.

Thousands of devotees from neighbouring districts of the Far-Western Province and even from neighbouring country India throng the temple to pay homage.

On the occasion of the Kartik Jat, the animals including he-buffaloes and he-goats are sacrificed.

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