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Maha Shivaratri (Night of Shiva) being observed today in Nepal

Maha Shivaratri (Night of Shiva) being observed today in Nepal

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Maha Shivaratri is one of the major festivals of Nepal and literally means “Night of the Shiva”. It is celebrated on the 14th day of the dark fortnight of the Māgha month, as per the Hindu lunar calendar. It is believed that on this day, the stars in the Northern Hemisphere are at most optimum positions to help raise

Pashupati Bagmati Aarati: most mesmerizing rituals at Pashupatinath Temple

Pashupati Bagmati Aarati: most mesmerizing rituals at Pashupatinath Temple

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One of the most mesmerizing rituals at Pashupatinath Temple is the Pashupati Bagmati Aarati. The Bagmati River divides the temple into two sides, with the main Pashupatinath Temple being on one side and the location of this Aarati on the other. Aarati is a ritual of worship in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) is

Amazing Festivals in Nepal that you finds nowhere else in the Earth

Amazing Festivals in Nepal that you finds nowhere else in the Earth

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Nepal is a multi-lingual, multi-religious and multi-ethnic country. As a result the number of festivals exceeds that of the days of a year. For some foreigners, these festivals are mysterious, colorful and pleasant. Moreover they have a great deal more about them. They emerge from the depth of the socio-cultural aspects of life. The festivals

Maghe Sankranti being observed today.

Maghe Sankranti being observed today.

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Maghe or Makar Sankranti is being observed throughout the country Tuesday. It is believed that Makar Sankranti is begining of new holy seasons, which ended with the start of winter. In other words, it marks the end of inauspicious phase of time which begins around mid-December. It is believed that any auspicious and sacred ritual

10 Idols of gods and goddess, you might encounter frequently while you are in Nepal

10 Idols of gods and goddess, you might encounter frequently while you are in Nepal

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Kathmandu is famously reputed to have more temples than houses, more idols than residents. Sun God There are mainly two types of sun god idols found in Kathmandu. One in a sitting posture holding two Lotus flowers in both hands and another often depicted riding a chariot harnessed by horses, often seven in number which

My very first visit to Tansen, Palpa

My very first visit to Tansen, Palpa

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Kiran Khadka, shares his visit to historical Newari town Tansen, Palpa Last August, I had a chance to visit Palpa as a part of Tourist Guide training program. It was an external tour (outside Kathmandu valley) organized by Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) as the preparation for future Tour Guides. I was

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