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Mithila community celebrating Jitiya festival with great zeal

06 October 2023  

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MAHOTTARI: The married women from the Mithila community are celebrating the Jitiya festival with great fervor today.

The festival falls on the eighth day of the waning moon (Krishna Paksha) in the Nepali month of Ashwin as per the lunar calendar and is celebrated by wishing for the longevity of offspring and family’s well-being by observing strict fasting.

They feast on ‘Ogatan’ (delicacies) at midnight of the previous day before observing a fast that bars even consumption of water. Prior to observing a fast, women devotees take a holy bath in nearby rivers, ponds, or lakes and observe a fast.

Today is the main day of the three-day cultural festival that started on the seventh day of the waning moon and will conclude on the ninth day. The Hindu Maithil tradition has it that the women devotees offer beaten rice, curd, food items/delicacies made from mango juice, jaggery, mustard oil, and so on to the Lord Jitamohan and the departed ancestors on the leaf of sponge guard.

It is believed that the children and spouses of the women devotees observing fast on this day would be blessed with longevity and valor. The festival that carries religious and cultural significance highlights the cultural role and importance of women in the Mithila community.


Publish Date : 06 October 2023 15:49 PM

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