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Fulpati observed as Dashain proper begins

KATHMANDU, OCT 03 - The seventh day of Dashain festival, Fulpati, was observed on Monday across the country with cultural and religious functions.

Following the tradition, the Fulpati, the procession bearing the jamara and other items necessary for the tika, was brought all the way from Gorkha, 169 km from Kathmandu, to Dhading district from where six Brahmins carried it to Jamal. From Jamal, the Fulpati filled with holy water, banana stalks, jamara and sugarcane tied with red cloth to be offered to Goddess Durga, was carried by Bhramans on a decorated palanquin under a gold tipped and embroidered umbrella to the Dashain Ghar in Hanuman Dhoka in the day.

The Gurujyuko Platoon, the Nepal army, Nepal police, and high-ranking officials of Armed Police and civil service, band music, and panchebaja bands also joined the Fulpati parade.

While taking the Fulpati inside, a military parade was organised at Hanumandhoka with the involvement of the Gurujyuko Platooon, Nepal Army, Nepal Police, and high-ranking officials of the Armed Police Force.

The Asha Gurja team, band music, and panchebaja bands also played music. With this, the Dashain feasting started.

Meanwhile, Hindu families also collected Fulpati—an assortment of flowers, leaves and fruits of different plants considered auspicious—and took them inside their home.

According to Historian Prakash Darnal, the festival was celebrated in the country from the rule of Late King Prithivi Narayan Shah, after he united the entire small kingdoms into one as Nepal.

Though Dashain begins with Ghatasthapana, the festival gets special flavour from the day of Fulpati.

All government as well as private offices are closed from the seventh day of Navaratri, encouraging people to go back to their respective ancestral homes and take blessings from Durga Bhawani as well as their elders.

The festival will be continued as Maha Asthami on Tuesday, Nawami on Wednesday and Dashami on Thursday.

On the day of Maha Asthami, many Hindus observe fasting. Sacrifices are held in almost every house throughout the day. The night of the eighth day is also called ‘Kal Ratri’, the dark night. Hundreds of goats, sheep and buffaloes are sacrificed at the goddess’ temples. The sacrifice continues till dawn.

While the puja is being carried out, great feasts are held in the homes of common people where a large amount of meat is consumed.

On the day of Nawami, animals, mostly black buffaloes, are slaughtered to honour Durga, the goddess of victory and might, and to seek her blessing.

Military bands play war tunes, guns boom and officers with beautifully decorated medals in full uniform stand there. When the function ends, the courtyard is filled ankle deep with blood.

On this very day, Vishwakarma, the god of creativity, is also worshiped. All the factories, vehicles and machineries are worshipped on the occasion.

On the day of Dashami, tika and jamara are taken from elders and blessing is received. This function continues for four days. After four days of rushing around and meeting relatives, Dashain ends on the full moon day, the 15th day.

Posted on: 2011-10-04 08:14

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