50 Dashain Facts That You Must Not Ignore to Know About This Nepalese Festival

50 Dashain Facts That You Must Not Ignore to Know About This Nepalese Festival

Dashain facts – The most important festival for any Hindu in Nepal is the festival of Dashain. This festival brings people together and thus is celebrated very enthusiastically all around Nepal. The festival also occurs at a very sweet time at around October when the summer is done and winter is yet to come to the environment is perfect. Here are forty-one facts about Dashain that will make you know more about the religious as well as social and cultural value and norms of the festival.

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Let’s start with number one.

50 Dashain Facts That You Can’t Ignore to Know About Festival in Nepal

1. Dashain is one of the longest celebrated festivals of Hindu religion. It is celebrated for 15 days and each day unique from the other.

2. Many celebrate Dashain in the name of Goddess Durga while others celebrate in the victory of Lord Ram.

3. According to Hindu mythology, It is believed that Goddess Durga killed Mahisasur a demon half man half buffalo. This battle lasted for 10 days straight and the battle was won on the tenth day Goddess Durga by slaying the head of the Demon part his body.

4. According to another story from Hindu mythology, It is also believed that on the ninth day of Dashain Lord Ram killed Ravana a Lankan demon and rescued his wife Sita from the imprisonment of Ravana and in course of doing so freed the world from demonic terror.

5. Dashain according to the mythology of Hinduism is also a celebration of the manifestation of Goddess Durga when Lords met to discuss the ways to end the terror of demon Mahisasur.

50 Dashain Facts That You Can’t Ignore to Know About Festival in Nepal

6. Buddhist although is the whole different religion from Hinduism they too celebrate this festival of Hindus in honor of King Asoka. King Asoka adopted Ahisma and Buddhism. It is also believed that he played an instrumental role in making Buddhism a popular religion as he did his best to spread the knowledge wisdom, teachings, and doctrine or Buddism. They are still a pillar in Lumbini the birthplace of Gautam Buddha made by King Asoka hence the name given to pillar is Asoka Pillar.

7. There is a tradition of playing bamboo swing at the time if Dashain. It is believed that one must at least once leave the ground and be above it and it is done by playing swing. Swing is made in every community as far as possible using bamboos and jute ropes.

8. There is also a tradition of flying kite at the time of Dashain. It is to show that the sky is clear and it needs to be decorated. The kites also show that it is a time for joy and happiness. It is believed that in old times and during the time when Ram killed Ravana kites were used to show the happiness and delight to spread the news of Ravana’s death.

9. Almost all the Nepalese citizen living in foreign countries want to come home at the time of Dashain as it helps to create the biggest gathering of the family.

10. The process of Dashain almost of every household takes place in the oldest house of the family no matter how rural if not in the place where the senior most member of the family lives.

11. Nine Durgas are Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidhatri. These nine forms of Durga is worshipped at the time of Dashain.

50 Dashain Facts That You Can’t Ignore to Know About Festival in Nepal

12. The first of Dashain is called ghatasthapana. Gatha means the vessel of place where water is found and sthapana means to establish. In this day, people decorate a vessel with cow dung. The vessel is filled with water. It is worshipped for the next ten days twice in a day.

13. On the day of Ghatasthapana, seeds of wheat barley are also sown in a room called the prayer room. The grains sown are taken care every day and are kept in dark places.

14. The ghata or the vessel in the ghatspthapana is considered to be the resting place for Goddess Durga when she visits households and hence the water and the vessel both are considered very holy.

15. The room where the vessel is placed and the grains are sown is called Dashain Ghar. The Dashainghar is generally the normal Puja room.

50 Dashain Facts That You Can’t Ignore to Know About Festival in Nepal

16. The grains are grown until they are around 6 to 8 inches tall. They are kept in dark so that the color of the grass is yellow. The more yellow the grass the better it is.

17. This yellow grass made up of grains is called ‘jamara’ which is grown till the tenth day and is used for five days after the tenth day.

18. The second to sixth-day people visit temples as much as possible. It is believed the more temples the people visit the better it is.

19. The seventh day is called Phulpati. Phulpati refers to the flower and grains and all the plants that are used in the households to earn a living and are found in nature. The Phulpati is worshipping all these floras because they are what people live with. They are considered as an essential part hence by worshipping Nepalese pay tribute.

20. Also, on Phulpati the reaped crops are harvested and brought into the home. Since the winter is coming it symbolizes the entry of food and crops into home as earning for the coming winter. This process is PhulpatiBhitraune.

50 Dashain Facts That You Can’t Ignore to Know About Festival in Nepal

21. Phulpati also acts as a decider of wealth. Previous than times when money and currency were not much regulated especially in the rural areas the people used to calculate wealth by looking at how much crops did the person bring into the house.

22. On the day of Phulpati, Nepalese army or military performs a special performance for mother earth Nepal to show respect that she has provided us daily bread. The performance is carried out by special army and is preparation is made months ago.

23. The Phulpati performance of military of Nepal is observed lively by head of the state now it’s the President of our country previously the Royal King used to watch it. The last king to watch it was King Gyanendra.

24. The phulpati military performance by military of Nepal is performed on Tudikhel.

25. On the eighth day, Goddess Kali is worshipped for her outrage and anger and ability to destroy even the mightiest Gods if proved to anger. Goddess Kali is worshipped as an incarnation of Goddess Parvati.

50 Dashain Facts That You Can’t Ignore to Know About Festival in Nepal

26. The eighth day also known as Maha Ashtami meaning the big eight is the day when many Hindus of Nepal try to go to nearest Kali temple or most popular kali temple Dakshinkali.

27. The Goddess Kali is believed to be the symbol of girl power and is a respect to all the girls and women attributing that there is a goddess in them and that goddess is mighty powerful and thus every girl has the capacity to take on the world if need be.

28. The eighth day also carries out special worship to god of creation of Hinduism GodVishwa Karma. All factories, any machinery instruments, vehicles and anything that we use to make our living are worshipped.

29. The ninth day is called Nawami. This day is celebrated for the end of Demon Ravana by lord Ram and in the process rescue Goddess Sita from imprisonment of Ravana. On this day Lord Ram severed the head of Ravana ten times but him being a person of ten head was not defeated so Ram put an arrow through the stomach of Ravana and killed him.

30. The tenth day is called Dasami or Viajaya Dashami. This is the final day when after ten days of intense fight Goddess Durga killed Mahisasur and was called victorious. Dashami means tenth and Vijaya means victorious. Thus name given is Vijayadasami.

50 Dashain Facts That You Can’t Ignore to Know About Festival in Nepal

31. On this day, one final worship is offered to Goddess Durga and the tika is relieved as a blessing.

32. Tika is made by mixing curd with rice and abhir a red color.

33. Especial mantras are used to give blessing. They are different for males and females and carry holy meaning.

34. Tika is used along with Jamara the yellow grass grown from the first day.

35. It is normally that the juniors take tika and Jamara from the seniors seeking their blessing and guidance as they put so. It is believed that guidance at this time is the most crucial chapter that you can ever give a younger person.

50 Dashain Facts That You Can’t Ignore to Know About Festival in Nepal

36. The process of giving tika is offered for next five days.

37. People visit almost all of their relatives as far as possible in these five days. The more blessing you can collect the better it is considered. People even offer tika to young neighbors or go to the senior neighbours.

38. The final day or the fifteenth day of the Dashain is called Purnima, this is the final day and no tika is offered after this day.

39. The remaining tika and jamara after the fifteenth day is devoted to the nearest holy river. People in Kathmandu majorly devote it into the Bagmatiriver.

40. Kings were considered an incarnation of Lord Bishnu hence many people used to line up to take tika from the King as a blessing from the God himself.

41. Some cultures in Nepal use white tika rather than normal red tika. They do not use abhir. Mainly limbu and Gurung community use white tika.

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50 Dashain Facts That You Can’t Ignore to Know About Festival in Nepal

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