Teej festival being observed across the nation with fervour

KATHMANDU: Hindu women across the nation are celebrating the Haritalika Teej festival with zeal and zest on Thursday.

Women celebrate the festival by fasting, singing, dancing and offering prayers to Lord Shiva.                                          Teen festival is a three-day-long celebration. The first day of Teej is called dar khane din.

On this day, women eat delicious before midnight. The second day is the fasting day or the main day of Teej, which fall today.

Women spend the day without food and even a drop of water. The third day of the festival is Rishi Panchami when women break their fast after performing a special Puja.

People around the Kathmandu Valley used to throng Pashupatinath Temple to offer prayers and to celebrate the festival.

But, the Pashupatinath Development Trust this year has barred the general public from visiting the temple owing to the rise in Covid-19 cases.

Meanwhile, devotees have been returning home after offering puja at the southern and western gate of the temple.

Meanwhile, President Bidya Devi Bhandari extended best wishes to all the Nepal women on the occasion of Teej festival. She also appealed all to abide by the health safety protocols to avoid the risk of infection.

Photos: Umesh Karki

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