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Quick Guide on Janai Purnima Festival
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Quick Guide on Janai Purnima Festival

The Hindu Festival Janai Purnima, also known as Rakshya Bandhan is observed by Hindus throughout the country(Nepal) on full moon day of the Shrawan(July-August) in the Vikram calendar ‘Janai purnima’ with great religious enthusiasm.

Thousands of pilgrims visit the Kumbeshwar Temple in July–August, as members of the Brahmin and Chhetri castes replace the sacred thread they wear looped over their left shoulder. They also tie another sacred thread called “Doro” around their right wrist also from the Guru while the other communities tie only the “Doro” from the Bhraman Priests. A silver-and-gold lingam is set up in the tank and devotees take a ritual bath while Jhankri (faith healers) in colorful headdresses dance around the temple beating drums.

The day carries significant meaning for other groups as well. Relationship between brothers and sisters is celebrated in Terai region today with sisters tying the brothers' wrist with a thread called Rakhi while wishing them a long and successful life.

The Newar community observes the festival as Gunhu Punhi. On the occasion, people consume a soup called Kwanti prepared from nine different beans. Meanwhile, Thousands of devotees have thronged religious sites in different parts of the country to celebrate the festival.

The fairs are observed from early morning at several temples in Kathmandu valley specially Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and Kumbheshwor of Lalitpur.

In celebration of Janai Purnima, a grand religious fair takes place at Gosainkunda, a holy Lake in Rasuwa district where thousands of devotees gather to take a dip in the lake in the belief of purging their sins.

There is a religious belief concerning the threat tied on this day, which if tied to the tail of the cow in Laxmi Puja, the festival which falls three months later will help them cross a river called Baitarani in the journey of the soul afterlife