Devotees throng religious shrines on Ghatasthapana (photo feature)

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Kathmandu: Devotees have been flocking to religious temples and shrines across the country since early Monday morning with the beginning of the Bada Dashain festival.

From the first day of Bada Dashain, the special worship of Nava Durga is performed in every house. According to the Nepal Calendar Determination Committee, the auspicious hour of Ghatasthapana was at 10:23 am today.

On the day Nepali Hindus worship diyo (an oil-fed lamp), kalas (auspicious jar) and lord Ganesh in accordance with Vedic rituals and sow maize and barley seeds in a pot filled with soil and cow dung for germination of the auspicious jamara (barley shoots).

Germination of the auspicious jamara is also initiated at Hanumandhoka Dashain Ghar in accordance with Vedic rituals, today.