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Press Release: Pray for Nepal

It is a very sad moment for all at Royal Mountain Travel after the devastating 7.9 Richter scale earthquake which is responsible for destruction of many buildings, historical monuments, temples and the death of thousands of people. The whole country is in state of shock and grief.

With god’s grace, we can say that all our staff, guests and clients are safe. We are in close contact with all of them and are providing them with all-possible support to the best of our capacity for their safety and comfort. For the information to all our agents and business partners: we have not changed any operation schedule till date. We are expecting that the situation will be back to normal within a week.

At this hour of grief, we express our heartfelt condolences for those who have lost their loved ones. We also thank our partners, friends and agents who have expressed their feelings for Nepali people and extended hands for support and cooperation on humanitarian ground.

We, Royal Mountain Travel, have established a small seed fund of USD 10,000 to initiate local support programs for rural villagers, guides, porters, helpers and members of Royal Mountain Travel’s personnel who have lost their shelters and need support for restoration of the same. We are in the process of opening a bank account for this fund for anyone that would like to contribute. Interested individuals, companies or agents may contact Mr. Nabindra Shrestha on cell phone number +977 985 107 62 56, email nabindra@royalmt.com.np or myself directly for further information.

Shiva Dhakal
Managing Director
Cell No: +977 980 201 22 22
shiva@royalmt.com.np

Tamu Losar

Losar Tamu Losar Gurung (Tamu), one of the indigenous tribes of Nepal celebrate their biggest festival Tamu Losar on every Poush 15th of the Nepalese Calendar, 30th December in 2014. Tamu means Gurung and Losar is translated as New Year, which means that this date is the first day in the Gurung Calendar. From ancient times, Gurung is recognized as warrior clan and still they are recruited in British, Indian, and Nepalese Army. So, Losar is a festival that magnets family members back home and also an occasion to rejoice with blessings, friendship and excitement.

In early days, Gurungs from all over the state would gather up in the courtyard to celebrate Tamu Losar but in modern times, Gurungs come up with rallies, banners and traditional dances in the roads of Kathmandu and conclude it in Tudikhel where, later, they dance, eat, drink, and enjoy the rest of the day.

Tamu Losar is widely celebrated with Sel Roti (Nepalese Bread) and Alu ko Achar (Potato Spicy Salad). Gurung men and women are seen in their traditional dress and accessories.

Vivaha Panchami

ram janaki mandir Vivaha PanchamiVivaha Panchami is one of the sacred festivals in Hindu script. It is about commemorating the marriage of Lord Rama and Goddess Sita. On this day, Lord Rama, hero of epic Ramayana, is also an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, visits Janakpur to get married with Goddess Sita.

In the epic Ramayana, prince of Aydohya, Lord Rama comes to Janakpur, now in present Nepal, to participate in the competition, which was hosted by the father of Sita, Raja Janak. Raja Janak announces that only brave enough who could, at least, move the bow of Lord Shiva can marry his daughter Sita. His challenge was making his daughter missing handsome princes, as there wasn’t any brave prince that could ever move the bow. However, Rama not only moves the bow but also breaks it. This is how Lord Rama and Goddess Sita fasten their faith of love.

On this day, Janakpur becomes as beautiful as it could have been in medieval times. Devotees from across the India visit Nepal, Janakpur, to worship and respect this holy land.

This year, Vivaha Panchami is falling on 27th November.

Laxmi Puja

Laxmi Puja is thetihar festival tour97 Laxmi Puja third day of Tihar. Laxmi Puja means worshipping Goddess Laxmi, goddess of wealth. Hindu devotees believe that worshipping Laxmi on this special day will make her happy and, in return, she will visit to bless for good wealth and fortune.
Laxmi Puja is often celebrated at night. To welcome her, people clean and decorate their houses with flowers from early morning to the dawn. And in the night, devotees brighten up their houses with candles, oil lamps, or with electric lights.
Deusi and Bhailo is a customary practice on Tihar, and an important ritual. Deusi is for group of boys and Bhailo is for women, where they visit houses to houses, sing and bless them for better health and fortune. In order to that, groups are offered with money or special dishes, or both.

Astami

thrill of flying kites 300x154 AstamiThe eighth day of Dashain is ‘Asthami’. Goddess Durga and Kali (another goddess of war) are worshiped with high dedication. People sacrifice animals in hope to make both Goddesses happy, and to get prevent from bad luck and devil’s sight. Some Hindus observe fasting in Asthami. The night of Astahmi is called “KalRatri” (the dark night). Goats, sheep, and buffaloes are sacrificed in temples and also in households. Meat is considered as blessings of goddesses and consumed with entire family, and even invite other family members, neighbors at lunch or dinner. This is also the day when all weapons from households to army barracks get worshiped. Nepal army worship this day with high spirit. Durga and Kali are official goddesses for Nepal Army. In the name of respect and tribute, army fire canons in army-lane and sacrifice of buffalos, goats happen in large number. The puja continues with feasts in most of the celebration homes. Natives of Kathmandu generally prepare Syabaji. Syabaji is roasted beaten rice, which is a traditional Newarifood.

Fulapati

fulpati 300x154 FulapatiFulpati is the seventh day of the ten-days festival, Dashain. This day is marked as one of the precious days in Dashain. Fulpati is a day when Jamara (shoots of grain) are brought from Gorkha, ancestor home of previous Nepalese Royal family, which is 169km away, to Kathmandu. Brahmins, a priest caste, carry Jamara from Gorkha to Jamal then priests worship Jamara with centuries old rituals. Big parades open up in the street of Kathmandu. Nepal army, Nepal police along with high-profile official ranks join at parades. Parades are also accompanied by band music and panche-baja (sound-a-like local Nepalese saxophone). In another words, this day holds high value among Hindu family. In normal Hindu houses, Fulpati is welcomed with great joy.Families decorateFulpati with holy water;banana stalks, Jamara, and covered with red cloth as it is a favorite color of Goddess Durga. They worship with flowers, offer fruits for the seeds that they sowed on the Ghatasthapana. They be thankful for the health of their family and pray for the blessings of Goddess Durga.

Ghatasthapana

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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