KATHMANDU: The 10th day of the Bada Dashain festival is being celebrated all over the country today with great enthusiasm by receiving ‘tika’, ‘jamara’ and blessings from elders.
On the day of Bijaya Dashami today, the Goddess of the festival should be disposed of in rivers and ponds as per religious rituals (bisarjan) and the auspicious hour of receiving tika is 10: 35 am, according to Prof (Dr) Ram Chandra Gautam, President of the Nepal Calendar Determination Committee.
Although the auspicious hour for receiving Prasad (auspicious edibles considered as gifts from the goddess) of Devi has been fixed 11.55 am today as per the requirement of the calendar, the entire day after the immersion of the Goddess is auspicious for that purpose, Dr. Gautam said.
Dashain is the 15-day festival celebrated by Hindus of Nepal and they receive Tika, as a symbol of blessings from the seniors, on the 10th day of the festival.
The worship of Sri Durga Bhawani at Dasainghars over nine days concludes formally on the day of Bijaya Dashami after the Abhishekh or sprinkling of holy water takes place marking the beginning of tika.
People receive tika and jamara till the full moon day. Tika and jamara are considered the auspicious gifts of the goddess Nawa Durga and they signify prosperity.
Most Hindus of Nepal continue receiving Tika and blessings from the seniors for the next five days after the main day, also called Bijaya Dashami.
It is believed that one need not seek an auspicious hour if one undertakes any new assignment, campaign or journey on the auspicious day of Bijaya Dashami.
The Bijaya Dashami festival is celebrated in commemoration of the victory of truth over evil and the victory of divine forces over demonic forces.