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First Day of Dashain: Ghatasthapana being observed

2022 Sep 26, 8:32, Kathmandu
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The first day of "Navaratra" is being marked today by worshipping the deity Shailaputri per Vedic rituals and preparing for Jamara (barley shoots) by sowing maize and barley seeds in a jar filled with soil and cow dung for germination.

Deity Shailaputri is worshipped for observing Ghatastapana on the auspicious hour. The auspicious hour for observing Ghatasthapana is 10:23 am today, according to Nepal Calendar Determination Committee. Deity Shailaputri is one of the nine deities worshipped in Navaratri.

Prayers are also offered to Durga Bhavani, the goddess of power today. Germination of the auspicious "Jamara" is also initiated at Hanumandhoka Dashain Ghar following Vedic rituals.

With the marking of Ghatasthapana, celebrations and worships take place in the Shaktipeeth across the country including in the Kathmandu Valley. Likewise, there is also a tradition of sacrificing animals while initiating the germination of the "Jamara".



First Day of Dashain Ghatasthapana "Navaratra" Shailaputri Vedic rituals 10:23 am today Nepal Calendar Determination Committee Durga Bhavani jamara
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