Devotees across Nepal celebrate Madhav Narayan festival

Published: 02nd January 2018 03:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd January 2018 03:47 PM  

Hundreds of Hindu devotees in Nepal took part in a mass holy bath ritual today in the famous Sali River situated in the ancient town of Sankhu to mark the first day of the month-long Madhav Narayan festival. (Photo | AP)
During the festival, devotees fast, chant hymns, meditate and take holy dips to pay tribute to Hindu Goddess Swasthani, who is supposed to bring good fortune to them. (Photo | AP)
They take only one meal a day without salt and take around the city of Sankhu barefoot worshipping at different Hindu temples. (Photo | AP)
During the month-long fasting, they also visit important temples such as Pashupatinath and Changu Narayan to pay tribute. (Photo | AP)
This year, hundreds of devotees are taking part in the month-long festival by observing Brata, during which they take only one meal a day without salt. (Photo | AP)
While men pray for good fortune, married women pray for the well being and prosperity of their husbands and children, and unmarried women pray asking for suitable spouse. (Photo | AP)
A Nepalese devotee lights an oil lamp during the Madhav Narayan Festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal. (Photo | AP)
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