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Last Updated: Wed, 21.08.13 16:12

Janai Purnima being celebrated today

People belonging to Hindu faith are thronging temples across the country as well as rivers and ponds to observe the festival of Janai Purnima on Wednesday.

People thronging the temple of Kumbheshowr temple on the occasion of Janai Purnima festival in Kathmandu, Wednesday. nepalnews.com/rh
People thronging the temple of Kumbheshowr temple on the occasion of Janai Purnima festival in Kathmandu...

This day holds special significance as men from Hindu faith, especially Brahmins and Chhetris, change the Janai (sacred thread) they wear after having a ritual bath on the banks of the river that flows past Hindu temples.

Brahmin priests at various temple in Kathmandu remain busy officiating the ritual and tying rakshya bandhan on the wrists of both men, women and children. It is believed that tying rakshya bandhan on this day will bring devotees security and good fortune. In the terai districts, sisters tie rakhi around their brothers’ wrists as a sign of love between sisters and brothers.

The festival is also celebrated by consuming Kwati, a soup made from nine different beans.

A big religious fair is being held in the famous shrine of Gosaikunda, a lake that is situated high up in the mountains of Rasuwa district, where large number of pilgrims reach after making an arduous two day trek to worship Lord Shiva, change the Janai and tie rakshya bandhan. nepalnews.com