Ghatasthapana | Seventh day of Dashain -Royal Mountain Travel - Nepal

tika jamara 300x154 GhatasthapanaDashain is celebrated in the remembrance of Goddess Durga executing very infamous demon, Mahisasur, according to the Hindu mythology. Dashain is one of the biggest, 10 days, festivals in Nepal.  It is also celebrated in some parts of Indian states like Sikkim and Darjeeling, and it is also a national holiday in Bhutan. Among ten days, first, eight, ninth and last day (Dashain) is considered as noted days.

Ghatasthapana is the first day of Dashain.  As name suggests, Ghatasthapana is made up of two distinct words, “Ghata” means Pot or Vessel and “Sathapana” means To Establish. So in this day, people install a holy-water jar (also known as KALASH) and mud-pot with sand and soil to grow shoots of grains also known as JAMARA. Mud-pot is covered with Cow Dung (Gobar), on to which seeds are spread to decorate it and let it grow. Both Kalash and Mud-pot are kept in Puja Kotha (Prayer Room), carefully keeping both of them away from direct sunlight. Nevertheless, one light must be constantly ignited till the end of Dashain. Light must be lit under the copper or mud-made pot, and oil must be from refined sesame.

Ghatasthapana is celebrated with delight and until ten days, Kalash (holy-water jar) and Mud-pot are worshiped twice a day. On the 10th day, grain shoots or Jamara becomes, averagely, 7 inch long and Jamara is given as the medium to carry blessings from elders to young ones.

In Ghatasthapana, weapons are also placed in front of the idol or pictures of Goddess Durga. Lord Durga is known as god of war, worshiping weapon is recommended on this day. With the available resources, Army worships arms and ammunition whereas farmer worship his sickle and knives.

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