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Rishi Panchami being observed today

Nepalese Hindu women offering prayers to purify one selves in the Bagmati River inside Pashupathinath Temple premise, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu, Nepal on Tuesday, September 6, 16. Rishi Panchami is observed to mark the end of three-day Teej festival when women worship Sapta Rishi (Seven Saints) on the last day to wash off one's impurity for the whole year.

Kathmandu, September 6, 2016: Nepali women, specially Hindus, across the nation are observing Rishi Panchami on the third consecutive day of the religious fiesta today.

Rishi Panchami, also known as Bhadraprada Sukla Panchami, is the last day of Teej Festival.

On the occasion, women take a bath early in the morning to mark Rishi Panchami and seek forgiveness for ‘sins’ committed during monthly periods.

Hindu women clad in red attire arrange the idols of Saptarshis (seven saints) and some visit nearest temples to perform puja.

They also brush their teeth for 360 times using a plant known as Daatyaun. It is believed that by doing so, women can absolve themselves of the ‘offences’.

Nepalese Hindu women perform a ritual bath during Rishi Panchami festival on the banks of Bagmati River inside Pashupathinath Temple premise, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu, Nepal on Tuesday, September 6, 16. Rishi Panchami is observed to mark the end of three-day Teej festival when women worship Sapta Rishi (Seven Saints) on the last day to wash off one's impurity for the whole year.
Nepalese Hindu women perform a ritual bath during Rishi Panchami festival on the banks of Bagmati River inside Pashupathinath Temple premise, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu, Nepal on Tuesday, September 6, 16. Rishi Panchami is observed to mark the end of three-day Teej festival when women worship Sapta Rishi (Seven Saints) on the last day to wash off one’s impurity for the whole year.
A Nepalese Hindu woman dips in the Bagmati River inside Pashupathinath Temple premise, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu, Nepal on Tuesday, September 6, 16. Rishi Panchami is observed to mark the end of three-day Teej festival when women worship Sapta Rishi (Seven Saints) on the last day to wash off one's impurity for the whole year.
A Nepalese Hindu woman dips in the Bagmati River inside Pashupathinath Temple premise, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu, Nepal on Tuesday, September 6, 16. Rishi Panchami is observed to mark the end of three-day Teej festival when women worship Sapta Rishi (Seven Saints) on the last day to wash off one’s impurity for the whole year.
A Nepalese Hindu woman dips in the Bagmati River to purify herself inside Pashupathinath Temple premise, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu, Nepal on Tuesday, September 6, 16. Rishi Panchami is observed to mark the end of three-day Teej festival when women worship Sapta Rishi (Seven Saints) on the last day to wash off one's impurity for the whole year.
A Nepalese Hindu woman dips in the Bagmati River to purify herself inside Pashupathinath Temple premise, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu, Nepal on Tuesday, September 6, 16. Rishi Panchami is observed to mark the end of three-day Teej festival when women worship Sapta Rishi (Seven Saints) on the last day to wash off one’s impurity for the whole year.
A Nepalese Hindu woman being offered holy water for purification on the banks of Bagmati River inside Pashupathinath Temple premise, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu, Nepal on Tuesday, September 6, 16. Rishi Panchami is observed to mark the end of three-day Teej festival when women worship Sapta Rishi (Seven Saints) on the last day to wash off one's impurity for the whole year.
A Nepalese Hindu woman being offered holy water for purification on the banks of Bagmati River inside Pashupathinath Temple premise, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu, Nepal on Tuesday, September 6, 16. Rishi Panchami is observed to mark the end of three-day Teej festival when women worship Sapta Rishi (Seven Saints) on the last day to wash off one’s impurity for the whole year.
A Nepalese Hindu woman takes a ritual bath lashing with leaves of the Aghada plant that is considered sacred during Rishi Panchami festival on the banks of Bagmati River inside Pashupathinath Temple premise, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu, Nepal on Tuesday, September 6, 16. Rishi Panchami is observed to mark the end of three-day Teej festival when women worship Sapta Rishi (Seven Saints) on the last day to wash off one's impurity for the whole year.
A Nepalese Hindu woman takes a ritual bath lashing with leaves of the Aghada plant that is considered sacred during Rishi Panchami festival on the banks of Bagmati River inside Pashupathinath Temple premise, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu, Nepal on Tuesday, September 6, 16. Rishi Panchami is observed to mark the end of three-day Teej festival when women worship Sapta Rishi (Seven Saints) on the last day to wash off one’s impurity for the whole year.