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Yamapanchak has started, Kaag Tihar festival is being celebrated today by worshiping Kaag Tihar

Staff Reporter Nov 11, 2023
Kathmandu : Tihar, the festival of lights and flowers, also known as Yamapanchak is beginning from Saturday.  

Tihar is celebrated from Trayodashi of Kartik to Dwitiya of Kartik Sukla Paksha. This year, it falls from November 11 to November 15.

Yamapanchak is celebrated for five days. Goddess Laxmi and brothers are worshipped during the Yamapanchak. 

Nepal Calendar Determination Committee (Nepal Panchanga Nirnayak Samiti), stated that the auspicious hour for this year’s Bhai tika is at 10: 51 am on Wednesday, November 15.

Surya Prasad Dhungel, the Executive Director of the Committee, emphasized that 10:51 am holds particular significance, however, Bhai Tika can be exchanged between sisters and brothers throughout the day on November 15.

According to him, Kaag Tihar falls on November 11. Kag (crow) is called Yama, the god of death and is worshipped in the morning.

Kukur Tihar and Laxmi puja fall on the same day on Sunday. Dog is worshipped in the morning and Laxmi Puja is celebrated in the evening. Laxmi Pooja is celebrated by worshipping the goddess Laxmi, the goddess of wealth.

Gai puja falls on November 13, Govardan Puja, Hali Puja, Mha Puja and Nepal Sambat 1144 falls on November 14 and Bhai Puja or Kija Puja on November 15, he said.

Meanwhile, Mayor of the Bhaktapur Municipality, priest of 

Taleju and other concerned authorities unanimously made a decision to celebrate Tihar festival for four days. 

Issuing a press notice, the municipality stated that, Kaag Tihar falls on November 11, Laxmi Puja on November 12, Mha Puja on November 13 and Kija Puja on November 14. Central Office Committee of Joshi Society of Patan has also decided to celebrate Tihar festival for four days like in Bhaktapur.

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