Badha Dashain: Durga Puja
Badha Dashain, also called Vijaya Dashami, celebrated during the bright lunar fortnight and ending on the day of full moon in September, is the greatest and the grandest of all the festivals in Nepal. People of all casts and creeds celebrated it with equal enthusiasm.
The festival is celebrated to commemorate the victory of goddess Durga over hideous demon Mahisasura and the victory of Rama over ten headed demons, Ravana. During the festival various forms of Goddess Durga are elderly kinsfolk sought and public parades, ancient processions and traditional pagents are held.
The first day of the festival begins with Ghataasthapna, establishment of the holy post and on the days that follow, various forms of Durga, Bhavani, symbolic of power, are worshipped. The concluding day is called Tika in which the elders of the family give Tika to their junior members and to other relatives who come to seek blessings.
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This Article and upcoming posts are extracted from the book, TOURIST INFORMATION DIRECTORY, 1997. by my Late Father Journalist, Sociologist & Anthropologists, Er. Ramesh Chandra Bandhu Bhattarai.