Kathmandu, 13 October 2015:Â Bada Dashain, the greatest and longest festival of Nepali Hindus, Â officially begin from today withÂ Ghatasthapana.
GhatasthapanaÂ is observed by people performingÂ pujaÂ and setting upghataÂ or pot, on which they sow seeds of barley, wheat, corn and rice, at homes and temples in accordance with Vedic tradition.
The Nepal Panchanga Nirnayak Samiti, which publishes the lunar calendar, has said 11:25am is the auspicious time for sowing seeds in a mixture of sand and soil in a clay pot. The sprouted seedlings are calledjamara. These are offered along withÂ tikaÂ on the 10th day, which is observed asÂ Vijaya Dashami. On this day â€” the main day of theÂ Dashainfestival â€” elders and seniors offerÂ tikaÂ andÂ jamaraÂ to younger relatives and subordinates and bless them.
According to the Samiti, followingÂ Ghatasthapana, the most suitable time for replacing national flags hoisted in government offices is 11:35am on October 14 (Wednesday). Similarly, this yearâ€™sÂ Pachali Bhairav Jatrawill be celebrated on October 18 (Sunday). The auspicious time for the procession of goddess Tulja Bhavani has been set for 10:55am on October 20, and the deity will be put in the resting mode at 11:53am on the same day whenÂ FulpatiÂ is observed. On this very day,Â FulpatiÂ will be brought to theÂ Dashain GharÂ at Hanumandhoka. The Samiti said there is no need to wait for an auspicious time to bring inÂ Fulpati.
Likewise, October 21 (Wednesday) will markÂ MahaashtamiÂ along with theÂ Kalratri pujaÂ on the same night.Â MahanavamiÂ andÂ Vijaya Dashamiwill be celebrated on the same day on October 22 (Thursday) this year.
The Samiti has suggested that all the concerned to performÂ Mahanavamirituals before proceeding toÂ Vijaya Dashami.
The auspicious time to conclude theÂ Mahanavami pujaÂ is 10:45am.