Devotees Throng Goddess Shrines Across the Country


Kathmandu, Oct 5 (RSS): Devotees are thronging the goddess temples throughout the country today on the occasion of Saptami, the seventh day of the Bada Dashain festival.

Large number of devotees can be seen at the various goddess temples, paying homage to the goddess since the morning today.
People have thronged Guheshwari, Jaya Bageshwari, Maitidevi, Kalikastan, Naxal Bhagawati, Bhadrakali, Shobha Bhagawati, Bijeshwari, Indrayani, Raktakali, Swetakali, Dakshinkali, Chamundamai, Sundarimai, Bajrayogini among other temples in Kathmandu.

Similarly, hordes of devotees have been paying homage to the goddess in temples across the country outside the Kathmandu valley. Devotees have thronged the Pathivara, Chhinamasta, Gahawamai, Palanchok, Nala Bhagawati, Chandeshwari, Manakamana, Bindhyabasini, Baglung Kalika, Shaileshwari and other goddess temples.

There is a belief that one’s wishes are fulfilled by praying and paying homage to the goddess during this festival.
The government has given festival holiday for five days from today. The general people are busy celebrating the festival, the biggest festival of Nepalis. Government offices, schools and colleges as well as NGO offices are closed for the festival.

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Border closure on eve of Dashain affects travelers

TBaitadi, Oct 5 (RSS): he closure of Nepal-India border in Baitadi in view of the election in the neighbouring Pithoragarh district on the eve of Dashain has caused troubles for Nepalis.

The decision to seal off the border for the security reason has caused problems for those Nepali returning their homes for the Dashain. It has hampered trans-border business activities as well, complained Devdutta Bhatta of Dashrathchand municipality-1.

Baitadi’s Chief District Officer Anand Poudel said the border was sealed off for the district Panchayat and gram (village) Panchayat elections in Pithoragarh. Indian devotees on the way to various religious shrines in Baitadi have also been affected by the border closure. CDO Poudel said the election has been scheduled for today and border will be opened only after 5:15 pm tomorrow. However, it could be opened for emergency purpose through a mutual coordination, he said.

Book highlighting Damauli’s historic identity released

A book ‘Damauli Mahatmyam’ aims to promote the religious, historic and cultural identity of Damauli and its adjoining areas has been published. It was released amidst a programme in Damauli, Tanahu Friday.

The book by Devi Bahadur Basnet and Bikash Khanal seeks to bring out fact surroundings the religious and historic importance of Damauli and to develop it as the religious tourist site, it is said.

While releasing the book, Gandaki state assembly member and public account committee president Kumar Khadka said he was hopeful that the book would help further disseminate the historic identity of Damauli.

Gandaki state assembly members Dobate BK and Sarita Gurung were confident that the book would earn an identity of the historic document concerning Damauli while Byas municipality mayor Baikuntha Neupane said it would be helpful in protecting and promoting religious and cultural sites in Damauli and adjacent areas.

Nepal Communist Party central member Pratap Lal Shrestha hoped that it would serve as a guideline for the Damauli folks.
Commenting on the book, litterateur Sheshmani Acharya said writers had tried their best to document ancient historical accounts relating to Damauli. “It will remain as a reference material for the study of ancient history of Damauli”.

Another commentator Samundra Godar praised the book for its attempts to establish identity and significance of Damauli. It has 236 pages.

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