Janai Purnima, Gaijatra festivals celebration in pictures


Photos - Sagar Basnet & Keshab Gurung

By TRN Online, Kathmandu, Aug. 12: Janai Purnima and Gaijatra festivals are being celebrated at Patan Durbar square of Lalitpur district. 

On the occasion of Janai Purnima, those who wear the ‘Janai’ (the sacred thread) around their body from the left shoulder change the sacred thread after having a haircut and a bath on the occasion of ‘Janai Purnima’ also known as ‘Rishi Tarpani’.

People celebrated Gaijatra as ‘Gunhu Punhi’ in the Newar Community. 

The festival is believed to have started during the reign of King Pratap Malla, who started it in a bid to console his queen much grieved at the death of her son in a smallpox epidemic. He ordered his people to organise humour and satire programmes in various comic postures as part of the festival.

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