Bala Chaturdashi Celebration
Bala Chaturdashi Celebration is the festival falls on the fourteenth day of the dark lunar fortnight in November or early December. It is observed to bring peace to the departed soul of the ancestors and to honor the memory of an unfortunate man called Bala, who through no fault of his own because a fearful demon and was killed as a result.
Thousands of pilgrims from the various parts of the country gather around the temple of Pashupatinath the day before the festival and perform penance and keep vigil throughout the night. In the morrow they scatter ‘a hundred varieties of seeds’ in Kailash forest of Pashupati under the belief that if they saw seeds now their dead ancestors would reap the fruit.
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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.