Bala Chaturdashi being observed across the country today
KATHMANDU: Hindu devotees are observing Bala Chaturdashi, one the famous Hindu festivals, across the country on Friday.
During the festival, the holy seeds are sown at Kailash, Gaurighat, Aryaghat, and Guheswori of Pashupati area, Panchase, Galeshwor and Lord Shiva’s shrines across the country on Mangsir Krishna Chaturdashi.
The day is also called Satbij chharne din.
The Pashupati Area Development Trust said that devotees from different parts of the country have arrived in Pashupatinath Temple since Thursday morning. The Trust said that tents and other provisions have been ensured targeting the devotees in view of the dipping temperature while a large number of security personnel have been deployed.
Families of those who died over the last one year sow holy seeds and light oil lamps and keep themselves awake throughout the night, praying for the departed souls to rest in heaven.
As per the Hindu mythology, one’s ancestors will have a place in heaven if such seeds are sown in the Lord Shiva’s shrines, said former chairman of the Calendar Determination Committee Prof Ram Chandra Gautam.
Devotees coming from various places of the country throng the Pashupati area; lit lights in the name of their deceased ancestors and stay awake the whole night on Mangsir Krishna Trayodashi, by chanting hymns. They sow the Satbij early in the morning on Chaturdashi after taking a sacred bath.