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Jitiya Parba/Jitiya Pawain

Author: Nikki Thapa

Jitiya Parba/Jitiya Pawain जितिया पवाई बडा भारी Jitiya Pawain Bada Bhari Jitiya is the most valuable festival of the Tharu women. Jitiya Parba/Parva is a very important festival for Maithili and Tharu married women of Nepal and some parts of India too. This three-day festival falls on the 7th, 8th and 9th day of the … Continue reading “Jitiya Parba/Jitiya Pawain”

Kush

Author: Ask Me About Nepal

Kush Kush plant (Eragrostis Cynosuroides) belongs to the grass family and is found abundantly around the world. For the Nepalese, Kush is a sacred plant, that plays a significant role in all the Hindu rites i.e any life rites and puja is incomplete without it. Because Kush removes highly toxic radioactive atoms from the environment … Continue reading “Kush”

Ganesh Chaturthi

Author: Rajeev Gurung

Ganesh Chaturthi वक्रतुण्ड महाकाय कोटि सूर्य समप्रभ | निर्विघ्नं कुरु म देव शुभ कार्येषु सर्वदा || Bakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprbha| Nirbighnam Kurume Deva Sarwakaryeshu Sarwada || “You of the twisted trunk and massive body with the dazzle of millions of suns, Lead me, Lord, on a path that has no obstacles or hindrances in all … Continue reading “Ganesh Chaturthi”

Rishi Panchami

Author: Nikki Thapa

Rishi Panchami Rishi Panchami is the last day of this three-day festival. But according to astrology, it doesn’t fall the very next day of Haritalika Teej unless the Chaturthi and Panchami, the fourth and fifth days of Bhadra Shukla Paksha overlap. On Rishi Panchami, the fifth day of Bhadra Shukla Paksha, women and girls start … Continue reading “Rishi Panchami”

Haritalika Teej

Author: Nikki Thapa

Haritalika Teej: The Fasting Festival for Women Only Haritalika Teej is annually celebrated on Bhadra Shukla Paksha Tritiya, the third day of the bright fortnight of the Month Bhadra (August/September) for three days. All Hindu women celebrate this jollied festival to commemorate Goddess Parbati’s union with Lord Shiva. They ask Shiva-Parvati for marital bliss and … Continue reading “Haritalika Teej”

Kushe Aunshi: The Father’s Day

Author: Nikki Thapa

Kushe Aunshi/Gokarna Aunshi/ Pitri Tarpani Aunshi: The Father’s Day Nepalese, nationwide celebrate Father’s Day on Bhadara Kirshna Aunshi, the last day of the dark fortnight of the Nepali Month Bhadra (August/September). It’s the day to honor one’s father and is colloquially called Buwa ko mukh herne din, literally meaning “to look upon one’s father’s face”. … Continue reading “Kushe Aunshi: The Father’s Day”

Paropakar Maternity & Women’s Hospital

Author: Ask Me About Nepal

Prasuti Griha Paropakar Maternity & Women’s Hospital Prasuti Griha is the first Maternity Home situated in Thapathali, Kathmandu. Its called Paropakar Maternity & Women’s Hospital. King Mahendra with Daya Bir Singh Kansakar established this hospital on 26 September 1959 in the loving memory of his first Crown Princess Indra Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah after she … Continue reading “Paropakar Maternity & Women’s Hospital”

Indra Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah

Author: Ask Me About Nepal

Crown Princess Indra Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah (25 July 1926 – 4 September 1950) Remembering Crown Princess Mother Indra Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah was only 24 when she passed on due to post-partum hemorrhage, a complication following the birth of Prince Dhirendra, the sixth child. King Mahendra with Daya Bir Singh Kansakar established Prasuti Griha, the … Continue reading “Indra Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah”

Krishna Janmashtami

Author: Rajeev Gurung

Shree Krishna Janmashtami Vasudeva Sutam Devam Kansa Chanura Mardanam Devaki Paramanandam Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum.” वसुदेव–सुतं देवं कंस–चाणूर–मर्दनम् देवकी–परमानन्दं कृष्णं वन्दे जगद् गुरुम् || Salutations To Sri Krishna, The Jagadguru (The Master Of Universe); Son Of Vasudeva; The Destroyer Of Kansa And Chanura; And He Who Brought Immense Joy To Mother Devaki. Who is Krishna? Krishna … Continue reading “Krishna Janmashtami”

ĀSANA (ASANA)

Author: Meena Lama

The word Asana refers to the divine sitting posture of the divinities. It is also commonly used to denote a seat (throne) or a pedestal of a deity. Asana is one of the most essential components of Pratimā lakṣaṇa (the principles of Iconography related to the posture of icons) when describing a Hindu or a … Continue reading “ĀSANA (ASANA)”

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