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Happy Kukur Puja!

 

Hinduism’s second most beloved festival – Tihar – is in its second day, celebrating Kukur Puja, during which furry friends are garlanded with flowers, given tika, and offered special treats. Dogs have long been seen as man’s faithful companion, and so this holiday honors and worships them. Devotees take holy baths and light yamadeep lamps, facing them south on the river in the hope that they will not go to Hell, but rather be accompanied by the Kukur to Heaven.

Happy Dashain 2018!

 

Wishing all of our family, friends, students, and collaborators a very beautiful Dashain Festival! May goddess Durga bless everyone with health, success, happiness, and love.

Celebrate Holi with Utpalasia!

Come celebrate Holi Festival with us at Durga Temple this coming Saturday, March 3 as some of our junior dancers present Bollywood and Kathak items in the cultural program, which begins at 1:30. Holika Dahan will be from 5:30 to 5:30pm. Details are available here: https://goo.gl/CnD2Fm

Celebrating Bhai Tika!

Wishing all brothers and sisters a very happy, auspicious, and wonderful Bhai Tika! Sisters offer tika to their brothers and wish them a long life, health, and prosperity. In a special ceremony, they are garlanded and given sweets, walnuts, breads, and spices. The brothers, in turn, offer tika to their sisters and give them gifts. The festival is based on the legend of a sister saving her brother’s life from Yama, the god of death, and is so firmly rooted in Nepali tradition that even those without siblings take part in the festival with those they may consider as brothers or sisters.

(Pic via: trekkingnepalhimalaya.org)

Buddha Jayanti

Kathmandu celebrated Buddha Jayanti at a freshly cleaned and painted Swayambhunath. Honoring the 2561st anniversary of the birthday of Lord Buddha, the day included special events for worship and prayer, social programs, and other festivities, including a beautiful night illumination. See more at https://goo.gl/pCNyh4

 

PHOTO/SANJOG MANANDHAR

A Happy Kukur Tihar to All our Four-Footed Friends!

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Sheshnarayan Temple

Pharping lies in a beautiful green area beyond Chobar, and is highly sacred to Tibetan Buddhists and Hindus alike. There you will find Sheshnarayan, one of the four most revered temples of Narayan, or Vishnu, in Nepal. The area is steeped in a blend of religion and lore where caves and cliffs form the backdrop for myths and age-old practices and beliefs. A statue of Uma Maheshwor rises from one of the seven ponds as goldfish gently glide by. Legend says that long ago two snakes formed a bridge to help a priest cross a swift stream to the temple, and locals have thrown a forked branch into the pond every year to commemorate the event. Pharping was one of our favorite stops on the road to the inspiring Shree Dakshinkali temple.SheshnarayanTemple

Happy Teej!

04092016062133Teej_Pashupati_06Red sari-clad women are thronging Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu today to celebrate Teej through prayer, offerings, music, and dance. Teej is the beautiful festival in which women pray and make offerings to Lord Shiva for the their husband’s longevity, prosperity, and happiness. For unmarried women, it is hoped that this worship will lead to a happy married life in the future. Pashupatinath opened at 3 am to accommodate approximately 900,000 women devotees offering homage to Shiva. On this day, men are banned from the temple. Women observe a rigid fast in which not even water is taken. The festival is the most important holiday for women, providing both a religious and social connection with their communities and families.

Happy Buddha Jayanti!

Today we celebrate Buddha Jayanti. Celebrations were inaugurated in Lumbini, Nepal, birthplace of Lord Buddha, and the occasion was marked by the attendance of over 350 monks from 28 countries. Butter lamps were lit to commemorate the day. Followers of the Mahayana, Theravada, and Vajrayana sects also recited sermons of Lord Buddha. BuddhaPatan