Rishi Panchami Festival

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 by NepalTravel under Culture and Festival

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Rishi Panchami also known as bhadraprada sukla panchami has special significance in Hinduism. It is a fasting day observed by hindu women after two days of haritalika teej.  Rishi panchami is observed by hindu women to pay respect to sapta rishi (seven saints) and to get purified from sins they have made during their menstruation cycle in whole year. In hindu religion, menstruation is taken as symbol of impurity and women are not supposed and allowed to perform religious activites or any other household activities or even touch any male family members during their menstrual period. It is believed that a woman who fast on rishi panchami and worship sapta rishi will be forgiven from all the sins she have committed throught the year during her menstrual periods. 

On this day, women take holy bath (in river if possible) by using red mud and datiwan (a kind of bush which is said to be pure) leaves and datiwan’s stick to brush their teeth.   It is believed that use of red mud and datiwan makes women pure and clean.  Women gather in their nice attire with their relatives and friends and perform puja. Some invite their priest to home to conduct puja and some visit nearest temples. After completion of puja they have karkalo (a kind of vegetable with big leaves) which is cooked in pure ghee and rice in their lunch. Women are allowed to eat salty food only once on this day.  Rishi panchami is also the last day of teej festival.

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