Dashain festival enters 9th day in Nepal

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Mahanawami, the ninth day of Bada Dashain festival, is being observed throughout Nepal on Sunday.

According to the National News Agency RSS report, animal sacrifices and special offerings are made on Sunday. Since early in the morning, a large number of devotees visit the temples of goddesses Mahakali, Shri Mahalaxmi and Durga Bhagawati.

The festival is considered to be of special importance because goddess Chamunda had slain the Raktabij demon on this day of Mahanawami.

Chicken, ducks, goats, sheep and buffaloes are sacrificed in this festival. Vegetarians offer coconuts, radish, and bottle-gourds.

According to tradition, machinery, arms and vehicles are cleaned and offered sacrifice on Mahanawami.

Thousands of devotees offer worship at the Taleju Bhawani temple at Hanumandhoka in the capital Kathmandu. This temple is opened only once a year on the day of Mahanawami.


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