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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Rishi Panchami being observed today

Posted by Anup Baral September 6th, 2016 : A fast is kept and the focus is the moon. The Hariyali Teej festival is also celebrated to remember the reunion of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, the day when Lord Shiva accepted Goddess Parvati as his wife. Hindu women across the country are observing the Rhishipanchami festival today as per the rituals. The festival, the concluding day of the Teej, is observed on the fifth day of bright half moon of the month of Bhadra.
Hindu women reaching their menstruation period observe this festival with due respect and importance by fasting and paying homage to the Saptarishis (seven powerful saints as per the Hindu mythology) with a belief that they will be blessed and forgiven for all sins they believed to have committed during the menstrual cycle, said Chairman of the Nepal Panchanga Nirnayak Samiti, Prof Dr Tam Chandra Gautam. On the day, those observing the festival wake up early in the morning, go to nearby river, stream, pond and lake and take bath with established rituals. They clean their body with 365 stems of Apamarga, a herbal plant, take bath with cow dung and soil collected from sacred places and ash.

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