The five-day festivity Tihar is beginning from today. Also known as Yam Panchak, the first day is observed as Kaag Tihar by feeding crows, regarded as messenger in Nepali society.
The second day is Kukur Tihar-the day is observed worshipping dogs. Interestingly, the first day-Kaag Tihar- and second day-Kukur Tihar- have fallen on the same day this year due to alteration in the dates, according to the Nepal Calendar Fixation Committee.
Kukur Tihar is also called Narak Chaturdashi. People take holy dips in rivers and ponds at sunrise on this day in observance of the Narak Chaturdashi. After taking the holy bath, devotees light what is known as the Yamadeep facing it southwards.
Devotees also flock to the temples dedicated to crows such as Kageshwori Temple at Pashupatinath Temple area, Kageshwori Dham at Kageshwori Manohara Municipality ward no 1 among others.
The Committee decided the day tomorrow to worship crow and dog on the same day in line with the Vedic scriptures. Committee's chairperson Prof Shree Krishna Adhikari told RSS that Trayodashi tithi would last till 7:14 am today. Chathurthi Tithi would begin thereafter. In view of the confluence of the both Tithi, our Committee decided that both the Kaag Tihar and Kukur Tihar be observed on the same day.
Tihar, the festival of light, sees worship of cow and Goddess Laxmi on the third day (Laxmi Puja) and ox on the fourth day (Goru Puja).On the fifth and final day (Bhai Tika), brothers receive tika from their sisters.
However, people from the Newari community celebrate the fourth day of Yam Panchak as Maha Puja - worship of own soul.
Source: National News Agency Nepal