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Month-long Swasthani Bratakatha begins Friday, January 10th, 2020

Purna Prasad Mishra, KATHMANDU: The Shree Swasthani Bratakatha, a popular month-long ritual of fasting and recitation of Swasthani script observed by the Hindus since Poush Shuklapurnima (full moon day) kicked off on Friday. Nepalis, especially the Hindu women, observe the month-long festival by..

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Bivaha Panchami festival being celebrated today Saturday, November 30th, 2019

KATHMANDU: The Bivaha Panchami festival is being celebrated throughout the country today by worshipping and paying homage to Shree Ramchandra and Sita. This religious and cultural festival is observed on the fifth day of Shukla paksha (the waxing phase of the moon) in Margashirsha month according..

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Mass Tripitak recitation begins in Lumbini Thursday, November 14th, 2019

KATHMANDU: A mass Tripitak recitation has begun in Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, regarded as the apostle of world peace. The programme was inaugurated by Chief Minister at the State-5, Shankar Pokharel by lighting lamps. On the occasion, CM Pokharel shared that the state government was..

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Hindus rejoice, Muslims deplore India court ruling on temple Saturday, November 9th, 2019

By SHEIKH SAALIQ, NEW DELHI (AP): India’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground in the country’s north and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims to build a mosque - a verdict in a highly contentious case that was immediately deplored by a key..

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Twenty-five countries participating in Tripitaka recitation Thursday, November 7th, 2019

KATHMANDU: Twenty-five countries would participate in international-level Tripitaka recitation this year scheduled in Lumbini, the birth place of Gautam Buddha. Tripitaka recitation is taking place for the second time with support of the State-5 government Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forest and..

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President offers Chhath prayers at Guheshwori Saturday, November 2nd, 2019

KATHMANDU: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has offered prayers to the temple of Chhathi Mata (the goddess of power) set up in the middle of the Bagmati River at Guheshwori today. In order to offer Chhath worships, President Bhandari reached the temple established in the mid part of the pond which..

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Chhat festival being observed today Friday, November 1st, 2019

JANAKPUR: The festival of purity, good will and faith, Chhat is being observed with high regard and much funfare today. The main ritual of this four-day Chhath festival begins this evening by worshipping and making offerings to the setting sun. Accordingly, the revelers take a holy bath while..

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Chhath festival begins today

KATHMANDU: The Chhath festival observed as a common cultural symbol of Tarai/Madhes is beginning today. The festive fanfare has been seen in different parts including Ranipokhari, Gaurighat, Kupondole of Kathmandu Valley as well. The festival is dedicated to the Sun God, with offerings made to..

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Newar community celebrate kijapuja Wednesday, October 30th, 2019

KATHMANDU: The Newar community has observed the kijapuja, bhaitika, on Wednesday. Although the bhaitika is celebrated on the fifth day of the Yamapanchak, the kijapuja was observed on Wednesday due to some changes on the auspicious day as per lunar calendar. Wednesday is the second day of Kartik..

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Govardhan Pooja, and Mha Pooja today Monday, October 28th, 2019

KATHMANDU: Goru Puja or ox worship and Govardan Puja are being observed throughout the country today on the fourth day of the five-day-long Tihar festival celebrated by the Hindus in the country. The Govardhan Puja rituals are being observed today with the replicas of the Govardhan Mountain made..

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Kukur Tihar and Narake Chaturdashi being observed today Saturday, October 26th, 2019

KATHMANDU: Kukur Tihar, the festival of dogs, is being celebrated at every household today, to mark the second day of Yamapanchak of the Tihar festival. Tihar is the second biggest festival of the Nepali Hindus. Dog, which is an animal well known for being the trustworthy sentry as well as..

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11: 55 am auspicious hour for Bhai Tika Sunday, October 20th, 2019

KATHMANDU: The Calendar Determination Committee has announced the auspicious hour for bhai tika at 11:55 am on October 29 for this Tihar festival. Committee's Chairman Prof Dr Ramchandra Gautam informed the National News Agency (RSS) that 11:55 am is the most auspicious time for offering and..

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Kojagrat Purnima being observed today Saturday, October 12th, 2019

KATHMANDU: Nepali Hindus are observing the Kojagrat Poornima (full moon day) today as part of the final day of the 15-day Bada Dashain festival by worshipping and paying homage to Mahalaxmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. The Bada Dashain festival formally ends today with the marking of the..

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