Happy Dashain 2072 (2015) to all Nepali

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Dashain (Nepali: दशैं Daśãi, also Baḍādaśãi बडादशैं or Bijayā Daśamī Nepali: बिजया दशमी) is the 15-day-long national festival of Nepal.

It is the longest and the most auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar, celebrated by Nepalese people throughout the globe. It is not only the longest festival of the country but is also the one which is most anticipated. The festival falls in September or October, starting from the shukla paksha (bright lunar fortnight) of the month of Ashvin and ending on purnima, the full moon. It is celebrated for 15 days; the most important days are the first, seventh, eighth, ninth and the tenth.

Dashain Music Malshree Dhul aka Mangal Dhun

Day 1: Ghatasthapana

Ghaṭasthāpanā (घटस्थापना “sowing Jamara“) marks the beginning of Dashain.Literally, it means placing a kalasha or pot, which symbolizes Durga. Ghaṭasthāpanā falls on the first day of the festival. On this day the kalasha is filled with holy water which is then covered with cow dung and sewn with barley seeds. Then the kalasha is put in the center of a rectangular sand block. The remaining bed of sand is also seeded with grains. The priest then starts the puja by asking Durga to bless the vessel with her presence. This ritual is performed at a certain auspicious time which is determined by the astrologers. The goddess is believed to reside in the vessel during navratri.

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