Vivaha Panchami

Ram Janaki Temple

Janaki Temple in Janakpurdham of Dhanusa District in central Nepal was built in 1911 and it is one of Nepal’s unique monuments. This stems not only from the fact that it is the birthplace of Goddess Sita, wife of Lord Ram, one of the most heroic gods in the Hindu pantheon, but also because of its interesting architecture. Continue reading

From Ghatasthapna to Kojargrat Purnima, the Dashain Festival

Dashain Tika & Jamara

Dashain Tika & Jamara. Image: Prasit Humagain

In the beginning of October (25th Sept to 3rd Oct 2014), you will most probably see a goat or two tethered in many a home’s yard. They are meant for sacrifice on Maha Asthami, the eighth day of the greatest festival of Hindus in Nepal, that is, Dashain. Continue reading

Indra Jatra, a Spectacular Festival of Nepal

Living Goddess Kumari during the festival. Image: Bhuwan Maharjan.

Living Goddess Kumari during the festival. Image: Bhuwan Maharjan.

If you are in Kathmandu around the second week of September(8th September 2014, this year), you’ll be able to participate in a pretty lavish Nepali festival, Indra Jatra, that goes on and on for eight days. Continue reading

A Once in a Blue Moon affair, the Dipankha Yatra of Nepal

Deepankha Yatra

Neel Thusa, Nagbahal, the starting point of the journey. Image © Sanu Maharjan

The morning of October 20 this year, on a Sunday, many people of Kathmandu Valley, both men and women, young and old, Hindus and Buddhists, woke up to a new day feeling strong and refreshed. Continue reading