Nepal: People celebrate Bala Chaturdashi festival at Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu

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Nepalese people offered lamps in the Bagmati River which flows near Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu on Bala Chaturdashi. Bala Chaturdashi is celebrated in Nepal in memory of deceased family members. People float oil lamps on the river, believed to light up the world of deceased souls.

Devotees stay awake all night camping by the Bagmati River while facing Pashupatinath Temple. Speaking to ANI, Ram Mani Chalise said, “It has been three years since I lost my mother. I offer the lamps in her memory which is supposed to give her salvation in the hereafter.”

Chalise added, “We’ve been awake all night and now we perform rituals. Flowers are offered on the river for the salvation of deceased souls and take them across rivers on their way to heaven.” Bala Chaturdashi festival rituals start from Marga Krishna Trayodashi on the 13th day of the waning moon of the month of Mangsir (8th month according to the Nepalese calendar).

People who observe this ritual fast and eat only one meal. People avoid eating garlic, onions, fish, eggs and other foods on this day. In the evening, people visit Pashupatinath temple or shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and sing hymns and prayers all night long.

People light ‘Akhanda Jyoti’ in the name of deceased family members. The next day they take a bath and start their journey in the premises of the Pashupatinath temple and spread seven kinds of cereals along the way. Cereals include rice, barley, sesame, wheat, chickpeas, corn, and foxtail millet. Goma Neupane told ANI, “As we scatter the seven-grain mixture here, it is believed that deceased souls would receive it in their afterlife. The grains are scattered on their behalf and we stay awake all night .”

People walk along Kailash-Suryaghat-Gaurighat-Aryaghat-Guhyeshwari-Mrigasthali-Bishworup-Kirateshwar-108 Shivalinga. (ANI)

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