Nepali Hindu women across the country celebrated the Teej festival on Thursday.
Teej is a festival when the married women fast for longevity of their husband. In previous years, women used to fast without food and not even drinking water.
The tradition is changing gradually, as many women are encouraged by their husbands themselves to take suitable foods including adequate fruits and juice during the fasting.
According to Hindu belief, Goddess Parvati fasted for Lord Shiva on this day. Therefore, Hindu women visit Shiva temples on this day and offer puja. Even when they are at home, they offer puja to Lord Shiva.
All Nepali women receive national holiday on this day.
DEVOTEES THRONG PASHUPATI TEMPLE
Devotees and fasting women thronged the Pashupatinath temple since early morning to observe Teej festival today.
According to Dr. Govinda Tondon, member secretary of Pashupati Area Development Trust, three different routes were arranged for the devotees.
The first route was from Bankali leading to the temple via the Dakshin Dhoka whereas the second one was from Jaya Bageshawori to the temple from the west side.
Likewise, the third route started from Mitrapark, Gaurighat leading to the temple via Rudra Gadeshower from the north side.
“No matter how long the queue of devotees was in these three routes, PADT ensured that the devotees visited the shrine for worship within half an hour,” says Taranath Subedi, the coordinator of Teej Management Committee at Pashupatinath, according to RSS.