Kathmandu, Oct 8: Even with increasing animal activists in the world, the slaughtering of animals have not stopped. Mahanawami, the ninth day of the Bijaya Dashami which is known as Dussehra in India, is being celebrated across Nepal making a huge sacrifice of animals in Kots (armouries) and Goddesses' shrines on Wednesday, Oct 8. Dashain or Dussehra is celebrated as a national festival in Nepal as over 90 per cent of the population are Hindus.
Last night worship was offered to goddess Durga Bhavani at the Dashainghar, here in Hanumandhoka. Salvoes were fired and 54 buffaloes and 54 goats sacrificed in observance of the rites of Kalaratri.
The worship of Shree Durga Bhawani at Dashainghars over nine days concludes formally on the day of Vijaya Dashami tomorrow after which 'Abhishekh' or holy water is sprinkled to mark the beginning of Tika.
The government offices, educational institutions are closed for over a week to celebrate the gretest festival of the Hindus which is being celebrated since Ram, the son of Dasharath of Ayodhya killed Ravana, symbolising the victory over cruelty.
A large number of people working and living in India and other parts of the world have returned to Nepal to celebrate the festival. It is also celebrated as a social festival as people gather together, receive tika and enjoy the festival with best available meals prepared for the festival.