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Month-long Swasthani Bratakatha begins today


25 January 2024  

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KATHMANDU: The Shree Swasthani Bratakatha, a popular month-long ritual of fasting and recitation of Swasthani script observed by the Hindus since Poush Shuklapurnima begins today.

The month-long festival is usually observed from the full moon day of one month to the next full moon day.

Going by tradition, Nepalis, especially Hindu women, observe the festival by worshiping Goddess Swasthani and observing fasting and reading out the holy story book-Swasthani -which mainly narrates the stories of those Goddess Swasthani, God Shiva and other deities.

Devotees- married and unmarried alike- take a holy bath, to begin with the ritual and wear clean clothes, trim nails and perform worship rituals in the morning thereafter reading out the stories and taking austere meals in the afternoon throughout the month.

Devotees also observe fasting and involve in extensive worship during the period to appease Goddess Swasthani described in the Skanda Purana, a holy text, as the Goddess having four-handed with Chakra, Trident, Lotus and Sword in each hand, according to the Nepal Calendar Determination Committee Chairman Prof Dr Ramchandra Gautam.

The Skanda Purana depicts Goddess Swasthani having three eyes and riding on a lion, added Dr Gautam.

It is believed that the married women who observe the fast would be blessed with longevity for their spouses while unmarried ones are bestowed with suitable marriage partners.

Women wear red clothes and bangles during the one-month period, as it is believed that the red colour brings them good luck.

The rituals associated with the Swasthani Katha take place on the bank of rivers in various Hindu shrines across the country including the Shalinadi situated in Shankhu, the north-east outskirt of the Kathmandu Valley.

Publish Date : 25 January 2024 06:51 AM

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