Saturday, January 16, 2010

Holy Dip

Thousands of devotees gathered in Devghat to take bath in the holy river in Maghe Sankranti (also known as Makar Sankranti). Trishuli and Kaligandaki rivers meet in this place to form Narayani river. Devghat, which is regarded as one of the holiest places for Hindu devotees, is surrounded by many Hindu temples, shrines, dharmasala and ashrams. According to the Hindu mythology, Sita, consort of Lord Ram, died in this holy place.

There were much more devotees in Maghe Sankranti Mela this year compared to previous years, because solar eclipse also occurred on same day that accentuated the significance of the day.

It is regarded sacred to take bath at the confluence of two rivers during Maghe Sankranti. There is common belief among the devotees that when people take dip in the river, their body and mind will be cleansed so that their past sins will be washed away and their wish will be fulfilled.
The river bank was covered with thousands of people who were coming from different parts of Nepal and India. Near the confluence, there was boat service available for people to cross the river.
People were hurried to take the boat ride to go other side (Tanahu district) where there are many temples and shrines. Many devotees were crossing from suspension bridge also.

Because of the over-crowded situation and traffic jam, movement of vehicles have been curtailed on the way to Devghat. Many devotees had to walk all the way from Aaptari to Devghat.

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