Posted on Aug 16, 2012 by TravelNews under Culture and Festival

Tags: Kushe Aunshi

The Hindu people in the country are collecting kush, a holy grass used while performing various holy rituals as Shraddha [holy ritual remembering the deceased ancestors] and religious rituals, across the country today. There is a religious belief that keeping kush cut by the priests and anointed with sacred verses or mantras in the house brings wellbeing to the household. The Hindu community regards kush, Tulashi (basil), peepal and shaligram (ammonite stone) as the symbols of Lord Bishnu.
Also known as the day of Gokarne Aunshi, the children feed their fathers with delicious food items including sweets, and show reverence. It is also called Father's Day. As per the religious belief of 'pitridevo bhava' (respect to ancestors), the son and daughter receive blessing from their father, and those whose fathers are already dead go to Gokarna or any other pilgrimage site and perform shraddha, holy ritual. Doing this, it is believed that, their lineage will remain stable for ever.Main pilgrimage sites to perform shraddha are Gokarna of Kathmandu, Betrawati of Rasuwa, and Bishnupaduka of Dharan.
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